Director: Joshua Michael Stern
Featuring: Ashton Kutcher, Dermot Mulroney, Josh Gad, Lukas Haas, J.K. Simmons
Genre: Biography, Drama
Age Rating: 12A
Running Time: 128 Minutes
Ashton Kutcher plays the extraordinary Steve Jobs, creator of Apple, in this fairly long biopic, which introduces viewers to Steve’s early years, right up to the launch of the first iPod in 2001. From dropping out of college and working closely with his friend Steve Wozniak (played by Josh Gad) on the development of games initially at Atari (creator of the original games console), the film then shows his progression into the development of Apple computers in the 1970s.
As an Apple fan, it was pretty great to see things like how the name of the company was created, the first dealer who came into contact with Steve and Steve on their original Apple concept, their fallouts with the likes of IBM and Microsoft, as well as Steve’s inspirational and enlightening presentations of his products, which would have been and still are today, great examples for any aspiring entrepreneurs or salesmen in the world today.
Unfortunately, the film shows us the harsh truth of what it takes to be a successful entrepreneur in business for the majority; stubbornness, aggression and ruthlessness, even with the closes people to you, but it is a switch in character which Ashton showcases very well (much like Jesse Eisenburg in ‘The Social Network (2010)’).
However, we do see the occasional compassion and innocence in Steve’s personality, such as his very deep and meaningful relationship with Steve Wozniack which in some respect, manages to keep him slightly down to earth throughout his career.
On the other hand, one thing is for sure, this film emphasises just how charismatic Steve Jobs was, and just how innovative Apple was, and still is today as a result of his leadership! From Apple1 to Macintosh to the iPod, we are shown the journey to innovative success and how a start-up like Apple managed to re-define the market in which the likes of IBM and Microsoft were thriving.
As far as Biopics go, it is not quite The Social Network (2010), or what I am expecting The Theory of Everything (2014) to be, but I do feel that the low ratings it gets among critics are pretty unfair, but maybe I am mistaken in not understanding why this is. However, due to the fact that currently in production is another Steve Jobs film, clearly there are some wrongs with Joshua Michael Stern’s film, which Danny Boyle wants to put right.
Or, maybe it is just me being an Ashton Kutcher fan and many people across the world not being? Nevertheless, there is no doubting that Michael Fassbender will do a great job in representing the charismatic founder, and I am sure it will be an epic!
Recommendation: Fan of Apple/Steve Jobs or a fan of true stories? Rent this one or catch it on Sky Movies because it’s a great watch – but not necessarily one you need in your collection.