As I sit here on my MacBook Air, with my iPhone in hand, it’s hard not to be intrigued by a movie like Jobs. This promised to be the story of the man who helped to shape the world, as we know it today. Fanboy or not, Apple owner or not, there is no denying the impact that Jobs and his company has had on all of us. Even if you are an Apple hater, they still have impacted you. Although this film is not based on the official story of Jobs’ life, it still hits on many of the key points of the story of Steve.
Even though it is well publicized at this point, Jobs really does a great job of showing the rocky road to the top. Rather than concentrate on the company as a whole, the film primarily focuses on its title character. The approach almost seemed to ignore the trajectory of the company. Of course, there is plenty of exposure to Apple, as this was Jobs’ baby, but you’re missing the most important aspect of the film if you think that that is what it’s about. It’s about Jobs and his relationships with those closest around him. I really liked this. I don’t think that any of us need to know every single intricacy of how Apple became the company we know today. We want to know what made Steve tick.
Since the film relied so heavily of the character interactions, it is key that the cast performs. And, perform they do. Ashton Kutcher, in particular, does an outstanding job. He has the advantage of actually looking like Steve, but he really shines when he is playing him. His delivery and mannerism really made the character believable. You can tell that he did his homework on the way that Steve was. As your typical fanboy, this is appreciated. Speaking of channeling the character, Giles Matthey was out of this world as Jony Ive. You want to talk about studying your character, just watch Matthey in action. I didn’t think that he looked terribly like Ive, but man, did he act like him. His facial expressions and way of talking alone had me in awe. If I had my eyes closed, I would have thought it was really Ive in the movie.
Although I have primarily mentioned positive things about Jobs, I do have to warn you about one thing in particular. It’s long. And slow. Like, really slow. It clocks in at just over 2 hours, and you feel every minute of it. This may be where the film loses a lot of its supporters who would have otherwise liked it. This is really going to be up to the individual, though. Personally, I found the source material so interesting that the slowness of it didn’t bother me too much. But, for those that are simply looking to be entertained, you may want to look elsewhere.
Overall, Jobs is a polarizing adaption of the life of Steve Jobs. There will be those who really like the film, and those who want nothing to do with it. The strong performances really help to carry the film through, but I can’t help but feeling like it is just a bit bloated at over 2 hours long. There is a lot of time and information that is covered over the course of the movie, but it also feels like we don’t touch on everything that is important. It is also a bit frustrating that the film’s timeline basically ends after 1997. I just don’t get this. There is so much that Jobs and Apple did after this point in time. Why stop the story short? Although, to be fair, to include everything would create a 6 hour long movie.
Even I don’t want that.