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Thursday, August 15, 2013

‘Jobs’: A Great Movie About a Not So Great Guy

Ashton Kutcher plays Steve Jobs in "Jobs"

FROM EXAMINER.COM

Nobody can deny the contributions that Steve Jobs has made to our modern world. Jobs had the unique ability of seeing something that everyone uses and was able to change it completely. Even Ashton Kutcher, who plays Jobs in the new documentary drama, “Jobs,” said that Steve was this generation’s Michael Angelo during an interview with Jay Leno on the Tonight Show. However, despite his fame, it  turns out that Jobs was pretty much a jerk. A quote from Charles Swindoll comes to mind: “The world’s smallest package is a man wrapped up in himself.”

Aston Kutcher and Josh Gad as
Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak
“Jobs” pretty much crams 30 years into 2 hours with the timespan from 1971 to 2001 focusing mostly on Job’s temperament. From one of the earliest scenes, the story shows how self-centered this college drop-out was. He was a typical barefoot college student with no interest in computers at first but once he got bitten with the bug, there was no turning back. For years Jobs would use his friends and then toss them away when he was finished with them. The strange thing is that everyone around him seemed to idolize him – at least in the beginning. Jobs only tolerated those who were just as passionate as he was. He wasn’t afraid to lie when necessary and failed to value those around him. He was like Walt Disney without a heart.

Ashton Kutcher (center) and
Lukas Haas (right)
Ashton Kutcher, portraying the head of Apple Computers, shows some acting chops that will surprise you. Initially, some were surprised that Kutcher was picked to play Jobs, but after a few minutes of the film, you can see why he’s perfect for the role. Not only does he look a lot like Jobs, but nothing about his performance reminds you of his sillier side. However, Josh Gad practically steals the show as Steve Wozniak. One of the most powerful scenes is when Wozniak tells Jobs that he is leaving Apple and Jobs is unfazed. The other is where Jobs realizes that after burning so many people, he’s alone.

Josh Gad and Aston Kutcher  as
Steve Wozniak and Steve Jobs
“One person pretends to be rich, yet has nothing; another pretends to be poor, yet has great wealth.” Says Proverbs 13.7.


Overall, “Jobs” is a well-made movie about a well un-liked person. Jobs was certainly fascinating, but for a movie to focus on the main character there’s not much there to root for. It may be too early to say, but I think the film has some Oscar potential. It’s a great film and should receive lots of accolades. It’s just not one you’ll be watching over and over again. (Originally posted on Examiner.com)


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