Last night, I was Facebook messaging a friend pretty late at night when she finally asked me point blank: why aren’t you asleep? An hour earlier, I had gotten home from the movie theater after seeing Ashton Kutcher’s new movie, Jobs.
“I can’t sleep because I’m mad I didn’t invent the iPod,” I type back. A seemingly infinite series of haha’s follows. Even though it sounds ridiculous, this is truly the reason why I couldn’t sleep last night.
Whether you like his personality or not, Steve Jobs changed the world. The movie portrayal of his life does an excellent job of showing us everything: the good, the bad, and the ugly. What I really liked about the film was that they didn’t make Steve Jobs into something that he wasn’t. They didn’t sugar code it: Steve Jobs was an asshole. However, he had a vision, and acted upon it. Whether you agree with his methods or not, you cannot deny the simple fact that Steve Jobs was a revolutionary.
Ashton Kutcher did a phenomenal job staying true to his role. He didn’t shy away from the tough scenes, and when he was supposed to be mean, he was mean. He pulled it off, despite the fact that we’re all used to seeing him playing “the good guy.” Steve Jobs is no Kelso from That 70’s Show. However, the fact that he was able to play a character so out of his norm goes to show that Ashton Kutcher is the real deal. And let’s face it, he is more than capable of pulling off the long hair of the 70’s.
When he received the Ultimate Choice Award at the Teen Choice Awards, he gave a speech that now has over three million views on YouTube. In this speech, he talks about the desire to upset the norm, to be innovative, to take risks. This speech made me realize why he did such a great job portraying Jobs. He believes in the importance of visionaries.
Which brings me back to my point: Why couldn’t I have invented the iPod? Why can’t I revolutionize the world? Well, as corny as this is about to sound, this movie answers my question with a simple you can. The dichotomy between Jobs’ horrific personal choices and his brilliance in the world of Apple Computers kept me entertained from beginning to end. Although I thought the end came too soon, my overall “grade” for this movie was a “thumbs up.”
And as the credits rolled, they showed pictures of the real-life innovators next to their actors. This was definitely a pat on the back to the casting directors, who were able to find talented actors that looked EXACTLY like the characters they were playing. In particular, I thought Josh Gad did a fantastic job with his character, Steve Wozniak. When Steve Jobs lack of emotion made a few scenes hard to watch, “Woz” filled the void with his genuine, heartbreaking input.
After the screen finally went black, I walked out of the movie theater, drove home, and opened up my Mac to check Facebook, with a newfound appreciation for my little silver best friend.
SIDENOTE: I didn’t put this together until I saw the movie, but Jobs named his company Apple to make a correlation between these new “home computers” and the apple in the garden of Eden: something you just have to have. How clever of you, Steve.
For those of you who want to watch Ashton’s speech at the Teen Choice Awards, a YouTube clip is below. I strongly recommend watching it! Even though the audience wasn’t really listening, it’s a good message for everyone to hear.
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