“Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it.~Steve Jobs.”
Looks like the director isn’t inspired by Steve Jobs at all, and his lack of inspiration is apparent from this film he made.
I believe, anything remotely related to Steve Jobs deserves an applause; Even if it’s not up to the mark in depiction. Being inspired by him per se is rewarding. When you decide to make a biographical feature film, with Aston Kutcher, it at least deserves something better than being lnominated for the Razzie award. This biographical drama is directed by Joshua Michael Stern, who is mostly an average television producer, writer and director,best known for his feature film, ‘The contractor(2007)’ . Jobs is an average attempt, what makes it watchable because of Ashton Kutcher’s performance. The dialogues and treatment appear diluted; depicting a strong, archetype personality and life of Jobs.
However, the below average success of the movie contradicts the very idea of Steve Job’s gospel on ‘quality.’ Well, that’s why the audience were disappointed. Making a movie on the life of a icon, who’s edifice has been constructed on the very idea of ‘quality’ and ‘innovation’; this movie does not strike a chord.
The film has been shot if various locations in New Delhi like ‘Chandni Chowk’ and ‘Jama masjid,’ etc. Jobs movie started filming on 4th June 2012 with a budget of approximately.$12,000,00. It made a gross net of $16,117,443 on an average in U.S.A, released on 16 Aug 2013. This movie has generated some nasty reviews, and there are various geographical locations where the film didn’t pull enough crowd.
Razzie Awards are normally given one day before Oscars and Ashton Kutcher got nominated for the worst actor Razzie Award for the Jobs movie. I think the director should have gotten this award because its only Kutcher’s performance and costume designer/make-up artist’s job that made this movie watchable.
Jobs movies lacked intensity, directorial and visual skill that a ‘drama / biographical’ genre deserves. Especially, making a biopic is a major cinematic responsibility. Treatment of the movie was too casual to digest as an audience. It could have probably made a good docudrama than a features biopic.
Heres a list of documentaries on Steve Jobs that might interest you:
Steve Jobs: Billion Dollar Hippy:documentary
Discovery Channel – iGenius How Steve Jobs Changed the World:documentary
Steve Jobs The Lost Interview:documentary : Paul Sen
Steve Jobs – One Last Thing:documentary
Game Changers: Steve Jobs:documentary
Steve Jobs – iChanged The World:documentary
The good news is this movie did manage to get nominated for the Best Period and/or Character Hair Styling – Feature Films in the
Hollywood Makeup Artist and Hair Stylist Guild Award. So, its not all bad, though it’s listed in the bottom 100 IMDB list.
Heres the link for official Jobs movie site if it interests you.
I leave you with a Steve Jobs’s quote.
“Here’s to the crazy ones the misfits the rebels the troublemakers the round pegs in the square holes the people that are crazy enough to think they can change the world are the ones who do. ” ~ Steve Jobs.