(NOTE: This item was a gift, and the following review comes from comments made by the gift recipient.)
The film provides an accurate portrayal of how Steve Jobs started Apple Computers. What I especially liked is that the film does not sugar coat how Steve Jobs was as an entrepreneur and innovator. He was obviously a very successful entrepreneur however he largely neglected his obligations as a human being, mainly his daughter. He refused to recognize her existence until later in life when she was in college. Ashton Kutcher does a great job portraying Steve Jobs all the way down to his walk. The opening scene, which depicts Steve Jobs introducing the iPod at one of his infamous Apple Town Hall Meetings is priceless. You really believe it is Steve Jobs up there--that's how effective Ashton Kutcher is in portraying the Apple founder.
The film does not not touch on at all Steve Jobs pancreatic cancer diagnosis that led to his early death. I felt this was a great oversight since it would have perhaps allowed viewers to see the emotional side to a man who was so driven like a machine. Instead it ends with him quoting something like "The people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do." I felt a little cheated by this ending since again we did not get to really see Steve Jobs, the man, the person as he battled his disease. However, there is one brief moment where the viewer gets a glimpse into Steve Jobs, the person (his vulnerabilities) when he is ousted as the Apple CEO and returns to his parents garage where the whole concept of Apple began. He breaks down and is consoled by his father.
Ashton Kutcher played the Steve Jobs character to a tee. He is not taken as a serious actor by Hollywood which is a shame since he nailed this performance. The Special Features are ok. It includes a featurette on the "Legacy of Steve Jobs." There is also a commentary but I find these to be annoying and distracting to the viewer. I wish there could have been more raw footage and say an image gallery from the early conceptualization days of Apple in Steve Jobs' parents garage. The movie does portray the time periods well. You feel as if you are really back in the 1970s when Steve was a student at Reed College. The musical tracks also help to transform the viewer back to an earlier decade. Plot is good but seemed a bit rushed. Before you know it Apple Computers is founded. Perhaps not enough lead up to this although the film does seem to cover the "A-ha" moments that led to Apple's development as well as how Steve marketed the computer to a world of skeptics.