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Published August 27th 2013
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Jobs is a biopic drama film directed by Joshua Stern. The 2013 film's title is slightly misleading as it follows the creation and beginnings of Apple rather than the co-founder behind it, Steve Jobs (who is portrayed by Ashton Kutcher).

The film opens in the year 2001 with Steve heading into Apple to announce his latest technological game-changer, which happens to be the iPod. This beginning scene is unflattering to the film as it shows how quickly technology changes and how redundant the iPod is to so many people in our current time.

From there we flash back to 1974, where we see that Jobs is a University drop out who runs into one of his former professors (portrayed by James Wood) and is given one of the inspirational speeches of "you're never going to amount to anything unless you focus". This sets the tone that Jobs was "too smart" for the structured learning of University and that he would amount to 'great things'. James Woods' character then vanishes, never to be seen or heard from again. Steven however cheats on his girlfriend and heads off to India.

It may be slightly biased but I would say that it's around about this point in the film that we see that the late and great Steve Jobs was perhaps a tiny bit of a dick. He works for Atari but no one else will work with him, even though he's highly intelligent or at least intelligent enough to latch onto Steve Wozniak (portrayed by Josh Gad) like a leech and makes him do all the hard work on a series of projects that lead into the creation of the ground breaking home computer - the Apple II. This is of course with a sizable amount of cash from an investor (portrayed by Dermont Mulroney).

With the computer being a success, this is where Jobs promptly cuts the cord tying him to most of his friends and dumps his girlfriend when she informs him of her pregnancy. He also then goes on to violently deny that the baby is his. He is a very good business man however, so that makes up for the behaviour – that's how it works, right?

The film continues on with Jobs attempting multiple projects that don't make it off the ground, such as a computer called Lisa, only to salvage what he can from that to create one that does take off – the Mackintosh. He is then seen to be gradually elbowed out of the company because well, he's a bit of a dick and no one likes a dick. He mellows out slightly in his forced semi-retirement so when Apple does invite him back to the company, he's a changed man – less of a dick, or seemingly so. As they say though, old habits die hard. It doesn't take him long to return to old behaviours and start being a bit of a knob-head again by getting rid of everyone he thinks ever screwed with him, thus reinstating our initial hypothesis that he is in fact a giant dick.

The films layout is a very predictable one. We see a man fight his way to the very top only to be knocked from his tower, lose it all and then have to win it all back. Joshua Stern and Matt Whiteley do a spectacular job of creating a film about all the parts of Job's life that hardly anyone today really cares about. There is no early background information of Steve and therefore we're not entirely sure why he is the way that he is, the film does not offer much of a psychological look at the man who helped create Apple.

My suggestion on this film is to see it if you want a decent amount of history on Apple and to see Steve Jobs portrayed as a dick rather than the saint that is usually found at the heart of most biopics. Don't expect it to be some heart-felt journey with deeper meaning and profound understanding of a man who's formed a crucial part of our lives; what you can see is how he created apple and how good of a sales man he was.

Steve Jobs returned to Apple with the slogan "Think Different". Well this film is certainly different. It's a must see for anyone fond of biopic dramas but as I've previously stated, don't expect to know the ins and outs of Steve. It ain't gonna happen.

3.5/5

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