The first reviews of jOBS: Meh

Some folks got a sneak peak of the new movie about Steve Jobs last week and, based on their reviews, I won’t be rushing out to see it

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The movie, apparently, doesn’t stray far from (or add much to) what most of us already know about Jobs and the period covered by the movie, 1974 through 2001, with Variety writing that it was “sticking close to its subject.“ TNW also noted the omission of some key events along the way, such as “significant swaths of technical development of the Macintosh and Lisa computers.”

Aesthetically, the movie got good reviews across the board. Variety felt that the production designers “capture the look of each decade,” while Gizmodo noted that the “late 70's and early 80's haircuts were all in place,“ and even went so far as to note that the opening credits were in Helvetica Neue Light typeface. Can’t say I recall a movie review mentioning credit typeface before.

The overall reviews were somewhat mixed, but mostly towards the middle. CNET found it “shallow” and “saccharine,” while the Hollywood Reporter called it “passably entertaining,“ and TNW “workmanlike.” Gizomodo seemed to like it the best, saying it was “surprisingly nice” and “satisfying.” Variety, though, while finding it “reasonably engaging” also said that it “more or less embodies the sort of bland, go-with-the-flow creative thinking Jobs himself would have scorned.”

Based on that, I think if I want to pay $10.50 (or more) to see Ashton Kutcher in a movie theater I’ll wait for Dude, Where’s My Car? 2.

Have you seen jOBS? What did you think? If not, will you be going to the theater to see it? Dude, let us know!

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