If you take the time to look it up, one of the most searched for phrases on the internet is, “Who is Steve Jobs.” Pretty amazing since the 55 year-old Jobs only died in October 2011. It hardly seems possible that there are that many people who don’t know who he is. But now you can find out who he was, by watching this trailer for a montage recap and find out, or you can watch the movie about Jobs’ life due out August this year.
Steve Jobs was a modern day icon and he still is after his death. He started Apple Computers at age 21. He was then forced out of his own company at 30 and he was brought back when he was 42. The last fifteen years of his life, he spent revitalizing the corporation he founded and revolutionizing communication worldwide.
The trailer below highlights the film which is titled Jobs. The trailer also shows that actor Ashton Kutcher doesn’t just look like Steve in photos, he looks like him in “moving” pictures as well. He appears to be doing great as Jobs in the trailer as the college dropout who went on to revolutionise the face of computing as we know it.
The trailer shows how Steve got in on the revolution with his apple co-founder, Steve ‘The Woz’ Wozniak, played by Josh Gad and it shows his fall from grace and his eventual return to the company as “guru.” Some folks have viewed the two-minute trailer and pointed out its “apparent” flaws, such as Apple “firing Steve Jobs” not really happening, but yes, the Apple chief executive and board didn’t fire Jobs. He was removed from overseeing any operations and was placed in charge of Apple’s research division. A move that was calculated to drive him from the company and he reacted as they had hoped he would; by leaving Apple.
It looks like Ashton Kutcher is going to be a great Steve Jobs after watching the trailer and it looks like the film makers and Kutcher will try to show who helped the man in his life in the areas of inspiration and beginnings. People like Steve Wozniak, for instance. The film will not be 100% truthful, it’s a film, and they tend to blur the edges when they reproduce “reality.”
Co-founder “The Woz” might be a little upset by the films assertion that “one man can start a revolution” when in actuality it took two, but it’s a film “representation” of Jobs’ life and career as one of the most influential men in the 20th century. Poetic license is the order of the day for biopic films.
In reality Steve Jobs was a demanding perfectionist who always aspired to position his businesses and their products at the forefront of the information technology industry by foreseeing and setting trends, especially in the areas of innovation and style.
He summed up that self-concept at the end of his keynote speech at the Macworld Conference and Expo in January 2007, by quoting ice hockey player Wayne Gretzky. He said, “There’s an old Wayne Gretzky quote that I love. ‘I skate to where the puck is going to be, not where it has been.’ And we’ve always tried to do that at Apple. Since the very very beginning. And we always will.
So if you are one of those folks trawling the internet to see ‘who is Steve Jobs’ take a look at Ashton Kutcher’s portrayal of the man in the trailer below and then see the whole story when the film opens in August this year.
By Michael Smith