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Published August 25th 2013
Love Apple or hate Apple, you can't ignore Apple
Jobs the movie
Ashton Kutcher as Steve Jobs in the movie Jobs

Jobs is a fascinating and a candid depiction of Steve Job's life between 1970 and1996 till he was re-appointed as the chief of Apple computers. The movie is directed by Joshua Michael Stern and Josh Gad and Dermot Mulroney play Steve Wozniak (Apple co-founder) and Mike Markkula (the first Apple investor) respectively. This inspiring account of Steve Jobs' life is set to hit Australian screens on August 29th.

Being such a well known public figure, most of Jobs' life has been spoken about, whether it be his adoption, or how the name Apple computers came to being and how he started the company in his father's garage. The world knows most about Steve Jobs' life around the release of products like iPod and the iPad, however the story prior to this phase of his life is less spoken about.

The movie is a very honest depiction of Steve's character and early life. The movie touches on certain important themes in Jobs' life like the mental turmoil Jobs faced even his 20's regarding the fact that he was abandoned as a child by his parents and given up for adoption. The movie also touches upon his time in India, interest in Zen Buddhism, the wheat fields where he spent a lot of time and the Indian saint whose discourses he listened to is.

Steve Jobs surely had his flaws and wasn't the fairest person at all times, however the one thing that is constant about his character is his passion for product usability and creating a product that the consumer would love. From the word go, Steve Jobs always believed that the consumer doesn't know what he wants till he sees it. And he encourages his team to think out of the box. Jobs wanted the devices to be functionally useful and also pretty looking.

His hiring and firing skills are pretty evident throughout the movie. People who play by his principles find a part, those who don't just don't fit into the team. Jobs has no difficulty putting the right team together each time and firing the ones he considers misfits.

Jobs struggles with his decision to not accept his daughter at first, however later on in the movie he is shown to have recouped from the struggle and accepted her.

If I had to pick a part of the movie which was almost as real as can be, then it would surely include the opening scene in 2001 where Steve Jobs introduces the iPod to Apple employees. The 1977 West Coast Computer fare and Ashton's speech introducing Apple 2 is also on top of the list.

Kutcher's 13.5 million twitter followers and 13 million Facebook fans won't be disappointed with the act. Being a technology investor himself, he undoubtedly has a unique resemblance to Steve Jobs and his effort to impersonate Steve Jobs' mannerisms and body language is commendable. My advice, leave the book behind and watch the movie for what it has to offer.
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