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The thing with making a movie about one of the most inpirational modern day heroes globally, STeve Jobs, is that there is ahuge danger of underwhleming the expectations. To underwhlem is one thing, to under portray is another. Jobs, starring Ashton in the titular role, looks miserably tied up in a mess of the exceptional life that the founder of Apple led, ending up being an unremarkable film about a stupendously remarkable man.
The film begins with the moment Jobs unviels to the world a device that can hold songs , thousands of it, and takes us back to where it all began. Through abrupt flashes and peeps into his life in college, and thereafter, the film takes you on a ride through the rise, fall and subsequent rise of Steve Jobs, a man who redefined the way technology and innovation shared bed together.
The greatest problem with Jobs the movie is that there are absolutely no wow moments in the film. Even leaks of the latest iPhone create more buzz than the slow, documentary style of the movie, achingly going from one milestone in the icon's life to another without an iota of drama and mystique that the man deserved. Infact, in an attempt to demystify the man himself, Jobs ends up in a very staid affair.
There are portions that scream drama- his college, the stint in Atari, the spiritual quest in India- the way Jobs despiced any thing that was not innovative, his drive to create and innovate, his relentless pursuit of perfection- portions that the film sleep walks through.
Ashton as Jobs looks the part, his frame, his hair, his mannerisms, he makes for a very close Job. Yet he is let down by sloppy writing that decides not to back up the match in features with any meat. Ashton leaves a mark, not because of the strong performance, but because he looks so much like Job and the man himself has not yet faded from public memory to be distant enough for nostalgia.
Perhaps, that is the ore problem with Jobs. Perhaps it was too soon to immortalise him on the big screen. Perhaps we are all too familiar with Steve, watching him even after his death, in his speeches across the net, to be able to detatch from the man and dissect his life analytically. His enigma is too large and all pervading to be searched under for the real Jobs, who might have shcemed, been frustrated, and fought his own devils to be able to create a brand that redefined technology for a generation and beyond. Perhaps, Jobs did not deserve a film, not now at least. Those who love the man to a fault, this will underwhlem, or those who know about the man, the film is just an incoherent compilation of trivia on him. For a film buff, Jobs is a criminaly underwhelming incomplete attempt that deserved a much better treatment. Watch it though, and decide for your self.