Redbox Review: ‘Jobs’

Redbox Review: Jobs

Ashleigh Atasoy

Last September, the best biopic of 2013 was released. Jobs showcased technology’s greatest pioneer, Steve Jobs. The film covers his journey from hippy college kid to corporate tycoon. From the day he revolutionized software, to the day he was fired from his own company, Jobs masterfully depicts the life of a revolutionary.

The film begins in 1974 when Jobs is just a college student at Reed College in Portland, Oregon and follows him all the way up to his Apple take-back in the 1990s. And while I’m personally not a huge fan of Ashton Kutcher, Hollywood’s resident try-too-hard, I can’t pretend like Kutcher wasn’t perfect for the role. Not only did he pull off the 1970s hippy fringe, but captured the persona, brilliance and passion of Steve Jobs. Besides the awkward, and sometimes, bizarre accent, Kutcher was great.

Showing the ups and downs of his extraordinary career, Jobs leaves the viewer with a sense of awe. But walking away from the film, I was overtaken with mixed, if not competing, emotions.

While Jobs really did change the face of technology, leaving an impact on humanity, I wasn’t sure if he was justified in his methods. Simply put, I didn’t like him. I had seen the man behind the technological curtain, who had literally changed everything, dedicated the majority of his life to the consumer and had tirelessly fought for what he considered the pinnacle of human dignity (Heck, had even invented the very tool that I’m typing with right now) and I despised him. The way he treated employees, his disregard for anything other than innovation and his driving, if not manipulative, ambition were all qualities that should be shunned, not glorified.

But that wasn’t what Jobs was trying to do. The film paints a picture of the man behind an empire, illustrating who he was, faults and all. But the film does more than illustrate his climb through dingy start-up offices and murky executive uprisings; Jobs tells the story of life. And isn’t that what life is? A series of glorious, shameful and even inspiring moments, all juxtaposed into one turbulent story? If so, Jobs nails it.

By Ashleigh Atasoy

Did you see Jobs? What did you think of the movie?