Steve Jobs Movie Opens this Summer

In mid-August, Open Road Films will release Jobs, the biopic that portrays Steve Jobs and the founding of Apple Inc.

American audiences will be able to see Ashton Kutcher as Steve Jobs; movie buffs who check out this film, which premieres August 16, will be engrossed in Director Joshua Michael Stern’s recounting of the life of the Apple visionary and the explosive growth of his now-famous products.

What Audiences Can Expect

Jobs impacted generations of computer users and helped build a technological empire, and after his death an untold number of stories were told about the unique nature of his life.

The official trailer for the latest Steve Jobs movie, which can be found on YouTube, describes much of what the Apple co-founder will look like on the big screen. The trailer begins by showing Jobs as a college dropout, searching for meaning in life through other avenues.

Jobs soon comes face to face with a project that Steve Wozniak, played by Josh Gad, is working on: a computer terminal. The mesmerized Jobs is then shown working with Wozniak, developing the start-up referred to as Apple Computer, when the pair pitches their ideas to a possible investor.

The trailer then follows Jobs in his early days with the company, covering his known quirky nature of focusing on elements in computing that others would overlook or discount. As an example, the trailer shows Jobs speaking to a group of employees, saying, “We have to make the small things unforgettable.”

When questioned by an employee who says that typeface isn’t important, audiences are given a look into Jobs’ aggressive and uncompromising ways, as Jobs yells at the employee to “Get out.”

An Alternate Reality?

The film is, even before release, not without its critics. Throughout the trailer, phrases are displayed on the screen that highlight the core ideals the film will portray. Particularly notable is the broken-up statement that “it only takes one person to start a revolution.”

The extreme focus on Jobs as a formative individual, and not on Jobs and Wozniak as a pair, has given rise to reservations voiced by Wozniak. As recently reported by Erin Carlson at The Hollywood Reporter, Wozniak has spoken about his concerns with the divide between what happened in real life and what will be shown in the film.

Carlson says Wozniak saw a clip of the scene where Jobs is lecturing Wozniak on the future of computers, and she said he responded by saying that, in real life, the co-founders’ roles were reversed. In fact, Wozniak says, he was the one lecturing Jobs. She quotes Wozniak as saying, “[Jobs] had an incredible vision, but he didn’t have the ability to execute on it. I would be surprised if the movie portrays the truth.”

The film, however, is titled Jobs, after all, and it will undoubtedly follow Jobs more than Wozniak. The final part of the trailer hints that the film will be capped with the possibility that Jobs could change the world with his vision. Therefore, audiences may expect a change from reality to fit the lead-up to that emotional end cap, even if it goes against the grain for some.

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