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Old Jan 26, 2013, 03:39 PM   #1
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First Reviews of Ashton Kutcher's 'Jobs': Entertaining But Safe, "Fails to Think Different", Apple Fans Will Be Very Mixed




Following the premiere of Ashton Kutcher's new film Jobs at the Sundance Film Festival, a number of publications have posted reviews of the flick which is scheduled to arrive in theaters nationwide on April 19. The first video clip of the movie was released earlier this week.

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A biopic about a great man that's way too aware of his greatness, jOBS tells us a lot about the genius of Steve Jobs, but doesn't show us much of anything that actually reveals it.
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But, overall, jOBS works. The lead actors are likable and appear to have put serious effort into getting the spirit of the characters right. The film looks (mostly) good aside from some of what could likely be ascribed to budgetary constraints. And though the director is a tad indulgent here and there, it doesn't take away from the overall feeling of 'decent' that I came away with.
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As expected, there are some liberties taken with Apple's story and even / especially the representation of some characters -- but the emotional resonance of Steve Jobs himself is convincing. It's not revisionist history, and it's not some greater parable about the human spirit. Jobs is a point-A-to-point-B story about a uniquely innovative thinker and ruthless businessman -- one that had a notable and meaningful impact on the world. It's a good film, but it's also very "safe" -- a familiar story that doesn't try for a bigger picture.
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Others will write of the things "jOBS" omits, gets wrong, or simply avoids. My primary disappointment was in how shallow the film felt, given the extensive historical record. In the early days Jobs' co-workers had to wrestle with a man who smelled bad, who cried often, who yelled constantly, who missed deadlines, who overspent his budget by millions. He did it in service of products we love and use daily, and yet his obsessions took a toll on those around him. He also inspired others to do the best work of their lives, pushing themselves further than they ever imagined they could go. There is great drama to be found in all that, but it is not to be found in the saccharine "jOBS."
Other reviews are available from The Hollywood Reporter, Slashfilm, Indiewire, and the Salt Lake Tribune.

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Old Jan 26, 2013, 03:43 PM   #2
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I think this will be a decent film, but don't expect The Social Network level of acting/budget.
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Old Jan 26, 2013, 03:44 PM   #3
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Probably in the rush to be first, the depth of the script wasn't pushed.
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Old Jan 26, 2013, 03:47 PM   #4
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So, someone who watched the movie: Why is it called "jOBS"??
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Old Jan 26, 2013, 03:47 PM   #5
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I really don't trust critics any more. I'd prefer to see the film and make my own judgement.
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Old Jan 26, 2013, 03:49 PM   #6
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So, someone who watched the movie: Why is it called "jOBS"??
Great question. Nobody has noticed that before on MR...
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Old Jan 26, 2013, 03:50 PM   #7
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I think the film will be better than what most reviews say. Specially the ones coming from the tech and apple fanboy community who think they know it all but prob best they stick to tech reviews instead of movie reviews.
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So, someone who watched the movie: Why is it called "jOBS"??
It used to be called 'jOBS' in homage to the iPod naming style. They have since changed it to 'Jobs'.
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Old Jan 26, 2013, 03:54 PM   #9
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Just because he may look like Jobs, doesn't mean he can "pull off" being Jobs.
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They should have used Noah Wyle
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Anyone know if this'll be in cinemas in the UK, or if we'll only get it once you can buy it on iTunes/DVD here?
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Old Jan 26, 2013, 04:04 PM   #12
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It used to be called 'jOBS' in homage to the iPod naming style. They have since changed it to 'Jobs'.
that still doesn't really make sense. wouldn't the correct homage be "jObs"?
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Old Jan 26, 2013, 04:17 PM   #13
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that still doesn't really make sense. wouldn't the correct homage be "jObs"?
That would be too close to the feminine hygiene product, " OB "
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Old Jan 26, 2013, 04:23 PM   #14
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I just saw JOBS at Sundance this morning. It was much better than I had expected. Kutcher did a great job. I will see it again when it comes to theaters.
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I'm going in with low expectations so that I may be pleasantly surprised.
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Old Jan 26, 2013, 04:30 PM   #16
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CNET's review sounds particularly damning. I'll probably watch this one when it comes to Netflix instant streaming. (Assuming I don't hear rave reviews... they still have a few months to touch up this film before its public premier, do they not?)
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I'm going in with low expectations so that I may be pleasantly surprised.
If I were going to see this thing, I would go in with low expectations, and expect them to be met.
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I'm only a recent Apple convert (last few years) and haven't read the Steve Jobs biography yet... so I anticipate being entertained.
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Old Jan 26, 2013, 04:35 PM   #19
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So, someone who watched the movie: Why is it called "jOBS"??
Because it's about Steve Jobs' life, or part of it at least........duh?
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But the obvious question though...

Has CNET's review been approved by CBS? Doesn't Microsoft advertise on CBS? Has Microsoft had their proper editorial approval over the CNET review? What about Google? IBM?

We need to be sure this review has received proper journalistic review by all CBS partners.
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Old Jan 26, 2013, 04:41 PM   #21
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Come on, a film about Steve Jobs should be freaking amazing at least. If the film about Mark Zuckerberg was good with a high budget, why isn't this better with a higher budget?
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Old Jan 26, 2013, 04:50 PM   #22
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I just saw JOBS at Sundance this morning. It was much better than I had expected. Kutcher did a great job. I will see it again when it comes to theaters.
so you didn't get it the first time ?

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Old Jan 26, 2013, 04:59 PM   #23
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Snooze. Bring on the Aaron Sorkin film.
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Old Jan 26, 2013, 05:00 PM   #24
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So basically what we can take away from this is that it'll be on par with Pirates of Silicon Valley when it comes to storyline, casting and budget.

I can live with that.
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I would rather not create false memories with this bit of theater.
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