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
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.

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.


source: Forbes

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46 Comments

43. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

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

45. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

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

40. ronjr123

Posts: 88; Member since: Feb 16, 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.

39. pookiewood

Posts: 631; Member since: Mar 05, 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.

38. Edmund

Posts: 656; Member since: Jul 13, 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.

41. roscuthiii

Posts: 2383; Member since: Jul 18, 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.

34. tedkord

Posts: 17536; Member since: Jun 17, 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.

37. -SEUL8TR-

Posts: 113; Member since: Jan 13, 2013

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

29. soshi

Posts: 154; Member since: Mar 08, 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

27. XPERIA-KNIGHT unregistered

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,,

32. -box-

Posts: 3991; Member since: Jan 04, 2012

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

18. Edmund

Posts: 656; Member since: Jul 13, 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.

25. someones4

Posts: 628; Member since: Sep 16, 2012

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

16. cripton805

Posts: 1485; Member since: Mar 18, 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.

13. someones4

Posts: 628; Member since: Sep 16, 2012

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

19. Lift_Off

Posts: 152; Member since: Apr 04, 2012

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

22. -box-

Posts: 3991; Member since: Jan 04, 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)

28. Lift_Off

Posts: 152; Member since: Apr 04, 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.

31. -box-

Posts: 3991; Member since: Jan 04, 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.

33. Lift_Off

Posts: 152; Member since: Apr 04, 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.

36. -SEUL8TR-

Posts: 113; Member since: Jan 13, 2013

Says the cult, hippy.

24. someones4

Posts: 628; Member since: Sep 16, 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.

12. deadstroke

Posts: 113; Member since: Jan 22, 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

26. someones4

Posts: 628; Member since: Sep 16, 2012

Not iTunes?

10. vicorama

Posts: 8; Member since: Oct 18, 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

6. Whateverman

Posts: 3295; Member since: May 17, 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.

3. KFear

Posts: 170; Member since: Feb 06, 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.

7. nak1017

Posts: 328; Member since: Jan 08, 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.

21. -box-

Posts: 3991; Member since: Jan 04, 2012

"Role", not "roll"

23. -box-

Posts: 3991; Member since: Jan 04, 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.

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