Alidar Jarok wrote:
Movie quality aside, how is Ashton Kutcher in the movie?
Kutcher's actually really very good, particularly as the snake oil salesman that Jobs was in the '70s and '80s. I had no qualms with him at all.
What did bother me, though, was that the film was almost a hagiography. Case in point: In real life, when the 1984
Super Bowl commercial was shown to the board of directors, the response was first stunned silence, and then outrage -- everyone hated
it, outside of Jobs. The board then ordered Chiat\Day, the agency which produced it, to sell off Apple's ad spots. Jobs, however, believing that the ad was a winner, told Jay Chiat to sell off Apple's 30-second spot, but lie to the board and say he couldn't find a taker for the 60-second spot (which was reserved for 1984
). The ad ran, and the rest is history.
In the film, 1984
is shown to the board, which then erupts in a standing ovation and uproarious praise, and one of the board members goes over to Jobs, shakes his hand and says, "This is a game-changer."
Obviously biopics are going to take artistic license, but ... that's a classic example of Jobs' stubbornness paying dividends, and it would have worked great on film, but instead it was just kind of limp.