Woz said of the movie: “I’m not even sure what it’s getting at… personalities are very wrong although mine is closer… don’t forget that my purpose was inspired by the values of the Homebrew Computer Club along with the ideas of the value of such machines and Steve J. wasn’t around and didn’t attend the club so he was the one learning about such impact of the future.”
The April release date was then pushed back in order to give Open Road Films more time to market the movie. Unfortunately the trailer doesn’t lead us to believe that the team behind the movie have done anything to improve the film itself before it launches on 16 August.
The trailer shows points in the story of Apple chronologically, from Jobs dropping out of university: “Higher education comes at the expense of experience” to Woz showing Jobs his first prototype personal computer hooked up to a TV screen: “Wow”.
Apparently it “only takes one person to make a revolution”, and soon we move from garage scene to the voice over telling us: “Apple Incorporated is going public” and Kutcher as Jobs is telling staff who suggest: “Typeface isn’t the pressing issue“ to “get out”, because he is the “Original Rebel” apparently.
Cut to scene where J.K. Simmons playing Apple board member and investor Arthur Rock shouts: “He’s trying to start a war with IBM”. Things get scary and Kutcher looks desperate as he says: “I’m trying to build Apple and they’re taking it away from me” (pass the sick bags). Then Sculley played by Mathew Modine tells him: “If you keep traveling down this path I will not protect you”. Nor will the car that Jobs is driving in as he is shown speeding through the mountains.
Things are getting fraught now for Kutcher as Jobs as he complains that something is a blatant rip off (we presume they had legal reasons not to mention Microsoft at this point) as Jobs shouts down a phone: “I’m going to sue you”. Now Jobs is sat in front of the board who are unanimous: “Steve will no longer be involved in this company” (not quite on the line as far as what actually happened there we feel… Jobs resigned after being taken off the project and “
sent to a office he called Siberia”, but hey…) Now he’s back in that car speeding again in a scene that’s actually quite embarrassing to watch (see picture above and cringe).
The trailer then cuts to ten years later when “Apple is in jeopardy” and Jobs, who appears to have been transformed by a trip to India, reads a letter from abandoned daughter Lisa.
Now it’s time for him to “make Apple cool again” and he shows a sketch of the iMac. Then the “Here’s to the crazy ones” monolog starts up, which Kutcher delivers with a catch in his throat (pass the sick bags again). The trailer closes with the hilarious joke of Jobs and Woz sitting in a car trying to come up with a name for Apple. We’re still laughing, not.
We really hope that the film turns out to be better than the trailer.
If not, no fear, Sony is also working on a Steve Jobs movie based on Walter Isaacson’s official biography. The book has been adapted into a screenplay by The Social Network’s
Aaron Sorkin, and is expected to make its way to our screens later this year.
If you can’t wait to watch the Aaron Sorkin version, why not watch this
Steve Jobs spoof made by “Funny or Die”. The script for that 78-minute film was apparently written in three days and shot in five.
Or try and track down a copy of ‘Pirates of Silicon Valley’. That’s worth a watch if you’ve never seen it. (And you can even
rent it on iTunes now – we sure that wasn’t previously possible!)