I saw Jobs tonight. I thought the acting throughout was good. I was attentive and entertained but not greatly enough to recommend the movie. [...]
I suspect a lot of what was wrong with the film came from Ashton’s own image of Jobs. Ashton made some disingenuous and wrong statements about me recently (including my supposedly having said that the ‘movie’ was bad, which was probably Ashton believing pop press headlines) and that I didn’t like the movie because I’m paid to consult on another one. These are examples of Ashton still being in character. Either film would have paid me to consult, but the Jobs one already had a script written. I can’t take that creative leadership from someone else. And I was turned off by the Jobs script. But I still hoped for a great movie. [...]
I felt bad for many people I know well who were portrayed wrongly in their interactions with Jobs and the company. The movie ends pretty much where the great Jobs finally found product success (the iPod) and changed so many of our lives. I’m grateful to Steve for his excellence in the i-era, and his contribution to my own life of enjoying great products, but this movie portrays him having had those skills in earlier times.
Wait, so you’re saying Steve Jobs didn’t come up with the idea to revolutionize the world with great products while he was dropping acid in a field of wildflowers? Now I don’t know what to believe. The Woz is pretty harsh on old Kelso, yet he says nothing about how Ashton Kutcher kinda looked liked Steve Jobs, which I’m pretty sure was the whole point of the movie. It’s like, bro, were you even watching?
My favorite Steve Jobs movie is still Brett Gelman’s ‘iBrain.’ (If you have heard this before, please please please give it a listen. In all honesty, listening to this the first – and second, and third – is probably the hardest I’ve ever laughed):