Biopic puts Steve Jobs back in front of devoted audiences
STEVE Jobs is not short of devotees in Silicon Valley. Almost two years after his death, his influence is arguably felt even more now than it was in his prolific final decade, as entrepreneurs and technologists here attempt to emulate his savviness. So the audience in a San Francisco cinema was well primed at a preview screening of Jobs, a biopic that opens in the US this week.
For instance, Woz was more than the naive geek portrayed in this film, which gives rather too much credit to Jobs — played by Ashton Kutcher — for spotting the true potential in his friend’s inventions. To my ears, the 1970s American classic rock soundtrack only served to make the dialogue sound even more cheesy than it already was.
Jobs’s sloganeering about innovation, perfectionism and Apple’s "insanely great" products started to sound like tired cliches, which somehow they never seemed when he uttered them. After the founding story in Jobs’s parents’ garage, the film’s action quickly moves to the launch of the breakthrough Apple II.
Kutcher channels well the famous salesmanship, blowing away the green screens and chess-playing competition at Silicon Valley’s "first" personal computer fair. Soon enough, Apple is a big, public company and Jobs begins to fall out with its board over the protracted development of the Lisa.... Read the full, comprehensive news article and discuss at Business Day