x PhoneArena is looking for new authors! To view all available positions, click here.
  • Home
  • News
  • Reviewers take on Jobs makes it clear that the film is not the apple of their eyes

Reviewers take on Jobs makes it clear that the film is not the apple of their eyes

Posted: , by Alan F.

Tags:

Reviewers take on Jobs makes it clear that the film is not the apple of their eyes
The other day, we showed you part of the opening scene to the movie Jobs (note the new title), a scene that Steve Wozniak said never happened. The movie's publicist responded to Wozniak's criticism that the movie got the his and Jobs' personalities mixed up in that scene by saying that "The film is not a documentary, nor is it meant to be a blow by blow, word for word account of all conversations and events." But what did the critics think? After the movie was screened at the Sundance Film Festival, the reviews were mixed.

Ashton Kutcher was praised by the critics for his portrayal of Steve Jobs

Ashton Kutcher was praised by the critics for his portrayal of Steve Jobs

Some praised Ashton Kutcher for his portrayal of Steve Jobs while criticizing the script for trying to cram too many things into the film. Others said that the movie was too shallow and did not touch on things about Jobs that were discovered during his early days. Apparently, the man smelled bad, cried, yelled, and constantly overspent his budgets, all while working tirelessly to develop products to make life easier. Despite the natural drama that could be found in the story, one reviewer said that it wasn't seen in the film. Another called it a "made for TV movie" that was as superficial as reading the Wikipedia page about Steve Jobs.

If there was one constant about the reviews, it was the priase heaped on Ashton Kutcher for a role he was born to play. Many reviewers, even those who thought the movie was not special, came away calling it the performance of his career. The movie opens April 19th and while there is no mention of the Apple iPhone or Apple iPad, it seems that the film does show Jobs' introducing the first Apple iPod.

So will you see the movie? Even if you are not a fan of the man or the products he designed, you might find yourself taken with the story, even if it has been enhanced and twisted for the giant screen. In other words, it is entertainment, nothing more and nothing less.

"I don’t know if there’s ever been an entrepreneur who’s had more compassion and care for his consumer than Steve Jobs. He wanted to put something in your hand that you could use and you could use it easily… and he really cared about that."-Ashton Kutcher

"The film is not a documentary, nor is it meant to be a blow by blow, word for word account of all conversations and events. The filmmakers have tremendous admiration and respect for Wozniak and all those that are portrayed in the film, and did extensive research in an effort to make an entertaining accurate film that captures the essence and story of Steve Jobs and those that built Apple with him. The filmmakers acknowledge that not every single thing in the film is a precise representation of what took place, but is feature film entertainment about one of the most important, creative and impactful people [in] our culture’s history taking place over three decades [that are] compressed into a two hour film."-Amanda Lundberg, Jobs publicist

source: Forbes

46 Comments
  • Options
    Close




posted on 26 Jan 2013, 15:47

1. Phullofphil (Posts: 800; Member since: 10 Feb 2009)


I am sure its probably alright but never will there be a movie good enough for alot of yhe hardcore apple and jobs fanatic. Unless it is a mini series I doubt uou can cram enough into a movie about a mans life that had so much happen.

posted on 26 Jan 2013, 16:43 4

9. metalpoet (unregistered)


Ill watch it, im sure itll be a great comedy about a man every thinks is god. although Ashton Kutcher is a decent actor

posted on 26 Jan 2013, 19:41 3

17. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 3326; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


Can't cram greatness into one movie.

posted on 26 Jan 2013, 23:05 12

30. Joker (Posts: 24; Member since: 07 Dec 2011)


you're right, 10 minutes should do

posted on 27 Jan 2013, 22:29

46. Imbatman (Posts: 10; Member since: 07 Jan 2013)


Ill see it once netflix gets it in a few months. I do have to say that Ashton Kutcher does look alot like jobs and is probably one of his best movies. But nothing can beat That 70's Show for him.

posted on 26 Jan 2013, 15:50 10

2. hobble (Posts: 130; Member since: 11 Oct 2011)


This movie will be as good as their products.

posted on 26 Jan 2013, 15:57 7

4. KFear (Posts: 137; Member since: 06 Feb 2012)


You can't say that they have bad products. They have great productions. I just don't agree with their software decisions. This goes with most of us that post to phone arena. We have issues with the restricted software.

posted on 26 Jan 2013, 16:40 9

8. nak1017 (Posts: 328; Member since: 08 Jan 2010)


Very well point
I like my Macbook, but I like it even more running windows

posted on 26 Jan 2013, 17:34 4

11. hobble (Posts: 130; Member since: 11 Oct 2011)


I can say whatever I want.

'Murica

posted on 26 Jan 2013, 20:24 2

20. KFear (Posts: 137; Member since: 06 Feb 2012)


You can. I just don't see how anyone can say that Apple has "bad" products. I work in wireless. IPhones are great phones for some people. Mac Books are great for some people. Android and Windows are best for me, but not for anyone. Companies that have bad products?...ZTE. I have never seen ZTE come out with a good product.

posted on 27 Jan 2013, 05:20

35. -SEUL8TR- (Posts: 113; Member since: 13 Jan 2013)


Shaarap go away.

posted on 26 Jan 2013, 17:56 4

14. someones4 (Posts: 618; Member since: 16 Sep 2012)


His comment can mean that they have good products and that he's a fan. But since you decided that he speaks ill of the products by default, deep down you know that the products are bad.
get what i mean?

posted on 26 Jan 2013, 16:34 6

5. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5614; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)


That is an interesting analogy. Dated UI. Shameless copying of others ideas. Complaining when the truth isn't as flattering as Steve wanted it to be. Suing competitors who out-competed him. Hmmm. Maybe I will pass on the film. Once was enough.

posted on 26 Jan 2013, 18:15 11

15. Cerberusa2a (Posts: 33; Member since: 24 May 2012)


Why do I get the feeling that people will be charged twice as much to see this film for the same quality as other films... oh apple and ripping people off

posted on 27 Jan 2013, 11:09

42. networkdood (Posts: 6262; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)


lol, that was funny

posted on 27 Jan 2013, 13:37

44. atsamman (Posts: 73; Member since: 26 Sep 2012)


Steve jobs one word ...respect ❤❤❤

posted on 26 Jan 2013, 15:55

3. KFear (Posts: 137; Member since: 06 Feb 2012)


I don't doubt Ashton as a good actor. He just has annoying rolls and he's been the idiot from that 70's show for far too long and in for too many TV comedies as well as some films. I'm glad he did a great job with this, so it seems. At some point a huge production will be made that will completely nail Job's achievements and lifetime events. Not an easy task, but for many it would be a roll that could make their career. That is, if another film is ever made. I'd see it. But i'll probably skip this one. Just have Spielberg do it.

posted on 26 Jan 2013, 16:39 2

7. nak1017 (Posts: 328; Member since: 08 Jan 2010)


If this is the performance of his career and the movie is receiving luke warm reviews at best, then its time for the Kutch to hang it up and start doing commercials in Japan.

posted on 26 Jan 2013, 20:47

21. -box- (Posts: 3749; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)


"Role", not "roll"

posted on 26 Jan 2013, 20:54

23. -box- (Posts: 3749; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)


But otherwise, yes, more or less.

I don't think there will ever be a grand biopic of his life. "jobs" + "Pirates of Silicon Valley" seem sufficient.

posted on 26 Jan 2013, 16:37 5

6. Whateverman (Posts: 3189; Member since: 17 May 2009)


"I don’t know if there’s ever been an entrepreneur who’s had more compassion and care for his consumer than Steve Jobs."

I can't I've ever heard ANYONE... EVER... use the word 'compassion' when describing Steve Jobs. I certain exclamation during that whole antennagate email comes to mind. You know what I'm talking about.

posted on 26 Jan 2013, 17:21 5

10. vicorama (Posts: 8; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


In 6 months they will release the movie with new footage, 6 months after it will be in 3D. And it will be heralded as a innovation to movies! /endsarcasm

posted on 26 Jan 2013, 17:41 4

12. deadstroke (Posts: 113; Member since: 22 Jan 2013)


L will give 3 week this movie.. reason is that the apple fan can watch their idol.an then direct to the dvd stores

posted on 26 Jan 2013, 21:19

26. someones4 (Posts: 618; Member since: 16 Sep 2012)


Not iTunes?

posted on 26 Jan 2013, 17:54 13

13. someones4 (Posts: 618; Member since: 16 Sep 2012)


His life isn't superb to begin with... the movie shouldn't be any better

posted on 26 Jan 2013, 20:22 4

19. Lift_Off (Posts: 151; Member since: 04 Apr 2012)


ya starting one of the biggest companies in the world isnt superb. what are you doing again??

posted on 26 Jan 2013, 20:50 4

22. -box- (Posts: 3749; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)


They're not all that big. They have a widespread distribution network for their overpriced junk manufactured cheaply in China by borderline-slave labor (which, granted, is gradually improving)

posted on 26 Jan 2013, 22:04 4

28. Lift_Off (Posts: 151; Member since: 04 Apr 2012)


what do you mean its not all that big?! have you looked it up before? 22nd biggest company in the world.... and almost everyone in front of them is a gas and oil company. Look I'm not some crazed apple fanboy but I feel like you guys are just discounting apple and jobs because you just love to hate apple.

posted on 27 Jan 2013, 00:24 2

31. -box- (Posts: 3749; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)


What are your qualifications for "big"? Financial assets? Number of workers? Worldwide availability of products? Socio-economic impacts? Excepting cash reserves, apple isn't that large worldwide in any of those. Yes, I am openly against apple and all it stands for and has stood for since its reincarnation, but not to such a degree that ignore facts and figures.

posted on 27 Jan 2013, 03:55 4

33. Lift_Off (Posts: 151; Member since: 04 Apr 2012)


Big, like, Big. Just go to google and type it in (Go ahead and start with forbes if you really are interested). Really, it doesn't matter in what ways, all I was trying to make a point of in the first place is that Jobs is a significant figure, and has created a huge and successful company, whether you and I are a fan of the man or not.

posted on 27 Jan 2013, 05:23 2

36. -SEUL8TR- (Posts: 113; Member since: 13 Jan 2013)


Says the cult, hippy.

posted on 26 Jan 2013, 21:17 5

24. someones4 (Posts: 618; Member since: 16 Sep 2012)


If they want to make a movie based on people who actually bring advancement in science, i will recommend Tesla, Bill Gates, or even CERN. THEY made a difference. Steve just successfully marketed a product. He must be Edison incarnate, the other troll in the scientific community.

posted on 26 Jan 2013, 18:36 6

16. cripton805 (Posts: 913; Member since: 18 Mar 2012)


If I were Steve Jobs, I would have donated a ton of money to the poor, partied, rode my motorcycle in the twisties, spent time with family, and given the rest of the money to my family.

Till my dying day once I found out the cancer was terminal.

posted on 26 Jan 2013, 19:43

18. Edmund (Posts: 654; Member since: 13 Jul 2012)


and i'm sure phone arena hand picked the negative reviews. I recall similar criticism toward The Social Network, which is a very good film.

posted on 26 Jan 2013, 21:18 3

25. someones4 (Posts: 618; Member since: 16 Sep 2012)


The movie part is ok but they criticize it for being untruthful. Too much dramatization

posted on 26 Jan 2013, 21:22 2

27. XPERIA-KNIGHT (Posts: 2384; Member since: 08 Aug 2012)


i dont sit well with "fake" and although kutcher said its not meant to be "precise" but rather entertaining, people are STILL going to walk away from this movie thinking steve jobs was and IS god! im no hater but like i said i dont sit well knowing people are being deceived...

I say do it right or dont do it at all! and like i also said before, apple has lied to the world LONG enough.........its time to show them who and what their "god" really was all about, not give them another fantasy and fairy tale to enforce what it already far from the truth

Show the good and the bad side NOT just the good,,

posted on 27 Jan 2013, 00:26 2

32. -box- (Posts: 3749; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)


They should do a double feature, "Pirates of Silicon Valley" and then this film. Perspective.

posted on 26 Jan 2013, 22:47 1

29. soshi (Posts: 154; Member since: 08 Mar 2012)


Still, movie will remain longer in people mind as a knowledge not any book as people this days too lazy to read and more into graphical input

posted on 27 Jan 2013, 03:59 2

34. tedkord (Posts: 4508; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


The guy is dead recently, so no one wants to make a movie about the real Steve Jobs, the bully and tyrant who shamelessly stole other's ideas while crucifying anyone who did anything even remotely similar to his ideas.

I'll check it out on bluray. Pirates of Silicon Valley was a good watch.

posted on 27 Jan 2013, 05:25 1

37. -SEUL8TR- (Posts: 113; Member since: 13 Jan 2013)


Such a really bad guy he was, he's not going to heaven!

posted on 27 Jan 2013, 07:19

38. Edmund (Posts: 654; Member since: 13 Jul 2012)


and yet they praise fictitious garbage like "Lincoln". I wonder if the average American is aware that Abraham Lincoln didn't give a $hit about ëquality or freeing the slaves in the South ? or that he was actually a great believer of segregation between whites and negroes.

posted on 27 Jan 2013, 09:09

41. roscuthiii (Posts: 1786; Member since: 18 Jul 2010)


It's true... most people don't realize Lincoln only freed the slaves to weaken the Confederacy economically while at the same time bolstering his own troop strength through forced conscription. And, he was indeed a segregationist.

However, truthful as your statement may be it is basically the juvenile exclamation, "... but they're doing it too!"
The fact that someone else did something in no way whatsoever validates one's own actions when they know them to be either dishonest, immoral, and/or behind ulterior motives, etc.

posted on 27 Jan 2013, 08:24 1

39. pookiewood (Posts: 566; Member since: 05 Mar 2012)


"I don’t know if there’s ever been an entrepreneur who’s had more compassion and care for his consumer than Steve Jobs. He wanted to put something in your hand that you could use and you could use it easily… and he really cared about that."-Ashton Kutcher

"You're holding it wrong." -Steve Jobs.

posted on 27 Jan 2013, 09:05

40. ronjr123 (Posts: 60; Member since: 16 Feb 2012)


Not a Jobs or Apple fan. Yet, you cannot deny both of their significance in the PC and mobile world. The length of time that it would take to tell this story in its entirety would require a mini series. I would like to see PBS and Ken Barnes tell this. Not just about Jobs and Apple, but the industry as a whole. It is one compelling story. The end of US manafacturing age to the software and computing age. Good stuff.

posted on 27 Jan 2013, 11:10

43. networkdood (Posts: 6262; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)


I will see the film out of curiosity, but I suspect it is chocked full of b.s. and many inaccuracies.

posted on 27 Jan 2013, 15:03

45. networkdood (Posts: 6262; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)


but, not in theaters..will watch it on my computer - bootleg copy...lol, or at the 3-dollar theater later on...

Want to comment? Please login or register.

Latest stories