The only reason I am grading this movie down a peg is because I know that Aaron Sorkin is prepping his Steve Jobs tale and I have to leave room for what will certainly be a more superior film.
I will preface this by saying that I am knowingly bias going into this movie. I am bias because I am a big fan of Steve Jobs and, simply put, I idolize him very much. Whether that was going to work against the film because I would be scrutinizing the filmmakers’ portrayal or for it because I would like anything related to Jobs remained to be seen, though I did feel tinges of the former when it was announced that Ashton Kutcher would be playing the iconic Apple founder.
All of those initial worries were quickly trounced as the movie began. Kutcher engulfed the role of Jobs from the opening scene depicting the debut of the iPod, squashing all memory of his days playing the lovable idiot that was Kelso on That '70s Show.
The most striking thing about the film is the uncanny hair and characteristics, all the way down to Jobs’ uniquely awkward gate followed by Kutcher’s surprisingly apt performance. Jobs life story was made to be told and to inspire and this movie only tells a portion of it. It surprisingly leaves out a lot of the Bill Gates story as well as his massive post-iPod success. But, at 2+ hours, it never felt like they were rushing it and, when all was said and done, it certainly left me satisfied with a well-rounded story arc.
Sure, the movie is full of famous Steve Jobs quotes that were historically out of place but, thematically, they worked in this very inspiring story of how a quiet and lovable hippie can let his genius turn him into an asshole just to have the same tenacity that made him so successful early on, fail him back to his former self and beyond any triumphs he had prior. The film ends in a very Breakfast Club-style narrative overlay but, again, it works and leaves the viewer inspired to put a dent in the universe.