Today we have RAMA reviewing JOBS for us. Please make sure to LIKE his Facebook page and make sure to follow him on Twitter.
This film could have so much potential and I’m not going to lie, I did enjoy some moments, and my goodness, every actor featured in this film looked and probably even behaved almost exactly like the real life characters they portray, especially Ashton Kutcher. I still don’t think Ashton is a great actor but the man sure does resemble Jobs, it’s quite eerie. But JOBS falls short in a lot of ways. It’s a nice effort, you gotta give the filmmakers kudos for trying, but the film falls short.
It only takes one person to start a revolution.
The extraordinary story of Steve Jobs, the original innovator and ground-breaking entrepreneur who let nothing stand in the way of greatness. The film tells the epic and turbulent story of Jobs as he blazed a trail that changed technology — and the world – forever.
Maybe some of you have read Walter Isaacson’s book about Steve Jobs, guess what, this movie is not based on it. Maybe some of you have watched that old TV movie Pirates Of Silicon Valley, it probably is not a good idea to compare JOBS to that either. Or maybe you have just heard bits and pieces or some info here and there or what the media told you about the man, Steve Jobs, you may not know much, but you know some and knowing some is probably what got writer Matt Whiteley and director Joshua Michael Stern to making this biopic in the first place.
Therefore, ‘some’ or ‘bits and pieces’ is what this movie provides, and audiences are left unsatisfied and misinformed.
JOBS has good intentions, I’m not kiddin’, this movie is filled with one inspiring quote after another, and it gets played out way too much. I understand that the filmmakers want the audience to come out of the theaters motivated to put everything on the line to excel in their lives, but if I want a series of pep talks, I could just buy Tony Robbins’ audio books.
So the writing is weak in that sense, it bombards us with inspiring words and yet it’s afraid to explore some of the essential moments that I think could be beneficial if it had been dug deeper. So you’re left with a case of the blue balls. And I think the movie suffers from confusing itself as to which segment of Jobs’ life it wants to focus on. Like I said earlier, bits and pieces. Ya, there’s some Bill Gates Vs. Steve Jobs going on but it was just one scene. The film suggests Steve Jobs not wanting even the idea of having a child get in the way of his big dream and yet you’d eventually see him reconciling and becoming a family man without telling us how point A connects to point B. There are countless instances like that in the film that just goes to show that both Whiteley and Stern just don’t have the caliber to take on a material like this.
A story about a giant like Steve Jobs needs to be handled by filmmakers who can develop hard-hitting fierce drama, one that’s still inspiring but doesn’t necessarily have to sell itself as inspirational.
I give props to Ashton Kutcher who managed to capture the fact that Steve Jobs was indeed a major world renown a-hole but there are just too many unexplained loopholes in this film.
It doesn’t matter if you have a group of guys who look just like the real life characters they play, if the script is mediocre, and their acting are just not up to par and if their characters aren’t done justice and if all they have to say are a collection of cheesy lines.
Again, JOBS means well, it’s a decent effort, but I wouldn’t blame those who’d rather wait for the Aaron Sorkin’s version for Sony Pictures, based on Walter Isaacson’s book, because at the very least we have confidence that Sorkin knows which aspects of Steve Jobs’ life he’s going to focus on, we’ll have a clear, well-structured film then, unlike this bits and pieces that is JOBS.
GRADE: 2 out of 5
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