Jobs was never going to be a hit with the Apple fans. Making a movie about one of the few undeniable visionaries of the past century, someone who made computers cool and whose products are used on a daily basis by hundreds of millions of people, was going to be a problem because the man is so revered. And casting the lead of Dude, Where’s My Car? was going to be a tough sell, to say the least.
Director Joshua Michael Stern, who has only made two other feature films (his last one was the unexceptional Kevin Costner pic Swing Vote), is definitely no Steve Jobs, but with Jobs he has managed to exceed the expectations of all the naysayers out there who said it couldn’t be done.
The film opens at the 2001 unveiling of the iPod at the Apple Town Hall, where it takes the camera a long time to let us see the man as a whole. We get him in fragments, from up close to far away from the back of the auditorium, but while we wait, the movements and the voice bear such a striking resemblance to the Jobs we have come to know over time that the effect on us is uncanny if not overwhelming. The music, here as elsewhere in the film, is composed with calculation, but it is stirring and absolutely effective, and when we finally get to see him properly, it feels like we’re right there at one of his famous Stevenotes.
Read the full review at The Prague Post.
(Still of Ashton Kutcher in Jobs. Photo by Glen Wilson – © 2013 – Open Road Films)