Flash Movie Review: Jobs

After a few attempts I came to the conclusion that my brain was not wired that way. There was something about a PC’s operating system that did not interface with my mind. I would sit in front of its glowing screen, staring at the dialog box that told me a function did not work, asking me if it was okay. No, it was not okay I would say as the level of my frustration rose. According to my way of thinking, the computer should have been able to correct itself and show me what I needed to do to proceed; it was a computer for heaven’s sake. When I left the PC world, replacing it with an Apple computer, an immediate connection formed between us. This is not meant to be an advertisement or endorsement of their products; I am simply saying the billowing brainwaves in my head found clarity with its operating system. The creator and driving force behind my computer and cell phone was Steve Jobs. From the events he orchestrated and the frenzied crowds who camped out for his products, I would be surprised to find someone who had not heard of this man. To portray such an intense individual in a movie, one would need an actor with some considerable acting abilities. Who this movie studio came up with to play Steve Jobs was Ashton Kutcher (The Butterfly Effect, That ’70s Show-TV). In his television commercials, Ashton has an engaging personality that is comfortable to watch. This trait worked for him when he was recreating Steve’s media events in this dramatic film. Unfortunately, it was the only thing that did work for him. Ashton was completely wrong for this character that needed to show the emotional intensity that Steve was known to have and display freely. The script was awful, making the scenes seem like small tidbits that were randomly spliced together. Where I thought Josh Gad (Love & Other Drugs, 21) had potential playing Steve’s partner Steve Wozniak, Dermot Mulroney (Zodiac, The Grey) was wasted playing the financial backer Mike Markkula. This was such a disappointing movie; I can only imagine what Steve Jobs would have done after seeing this film. My guess is he would be yelling at everyone involved, using words not usually found in a dictionary; telling them it was ugly and not consumer friendly.

 

1 2/3 stars

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From a long line of movie afficionados, one brother was the #1 renter of movies in the country with Blockbuster, I am following in the same traditions that came before me. To balance out the long hours seated in dark movie theaters, I also teach yoga and cycling. For the past 3 years, I have correctly picked the major Oscar winners... so join me as we explore the wonder of movies and search for that perfect 4 star movie.

Posted on August 22, 2013, in Drama and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.

  1. That was cute and funny, what you guess Steve Jobs would say, that’s it’s ugly and not consumer-friendly. It made me laugh.

    What a pity about Ashton. I was a little worried about a so-so actor playing such an important legend. But ever since Anne Rice prematurely slayed the choice of Tom Cruise playing Lestat in 1994’s Interview with the Vampire, only to recant later when he did a fantastic job, I don’t think too much about casting choices and prefer to wait till the movie comes out and hope for the best. So it’s such a pity that Ashton and the rest of the movie turn out not very good in the end.

    Please God let Zoe Saldana do a better job playing Nina Simone! I would be really sad otherwise as I’m a big fan of Nina, haha!

    • I am glad I was able to provide a laugh for you; the world could certainly use more laughs in my opinion. Also, I am with you regarding Zoe playing Nina; it has me concerned. And if that was not enough we have Ben Affleck playing Batman. Too many things to worry about and not enough time to see all the movies I want to see. Just as a reference, besides Nina I am a big fan of Sarah Vaughn and Ella Fitzgerald. There is nothing like a sweet powerful voice that can make hour heart swoon, right? Thanks for your comments, I appreciated hearing from you.

  2. What a shame! To have a great subject and make a mess of it.

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