Ashton Kutcher (“What Happens in Vegas,” “No Strings Attached”) latest on-screen role gives audiences a glimpse into how the man who founded Apple Computer turned it into one of the most influential and innovative computer companies in the world.
“Jobs,” directed by Joshua Michael Stern (“Swing Vote”) and written by Matt Whiteley, chronicles the rise of Apple Computer from the garage of Steve Jobs (Kutcher) to the major corporation it is today.
Jobs and his friend Steve “Woz” Wozniak, played by Josh Gad (“The Internship”), spearhead the Apple’s revolution with a crew of misfits that develop the Apple Comuper 1 and the Apple II and soon, the world wants in on the action.
“Jobs” is essentially a chronicle of Apple Computer’s defining moments and a slideshow of Steve Jobs’ legacy on his company. From the Apple Computer prototype, to the development of the Macintosh, Steve’s forced removal from his position of CEO to his return, “Jobs” traces every major innovation Apple created, the major figures involved in the development of Apple from Mike Markkula, played by Dermot Mulroney (“J. Edgar”), John Sculley, played by Matthew Modine (“Any Given Sunday,” “Full Metal Jacket”), Arthur Rock, played by J.K. Simmons (“Spider-Man,” “Juno”) Rod Holt, played by Ron Eldard (“Super 8”) and Daniel Kottke, played by Lukas Haas (“Inception”). and the drive and passion Steve Jobs poured into his company.
“Jobs” stresses the idea that Steve Jobs was a man who thrived on making Apple and its products as innovative and as cutting edge as possible. Steve Jobs was a man who wouldn’t let Apple fall to mediocrity under his watch but the shareholders of Apple saw him and his style of leadership as a threat to profits, so they want to remove Steve from the equation entirely.
Steve Jobs was the driving force behind Apple Computers since the beginning and his legacy lives on in every product he created.
Steve Jobs wanted to create innovative and ahead of the curve products for the average consumer to use. Joshua Michael Stern and Matt Whiteley emphasized “innovative” throughout the film but unfortunately, “Jobs” is as un-innovative as it gets.
This movie is as dull as the worst high-school teaching lecture anyone could possibly think of. A biopic at its worst can be equivalent as a history lecture but sadly this movie falls way below that bar.
This movie desperately tries to be dramatic but it tries too hard to be something that it clearly isn’t. The subject matter isn’t even worth investing in whether you are interested or not.
Joshua Michael Stern’s vision for this movie is completely blurry and Matt Whiteley’s screenplay offers some light moments but the end result is a film that tragically falls flat on its face.
The role of Steve Jobs was way out of Ashton Kutcher’s league. Throughout the movie, the audience can clearly see the effort he is putting in but he couldn’t pull off this role.
The supporting cast isn’t exactly up to snuff either. There are no standout performances, no memorable characters outside of Kutcher’s lead role, at times there are moments where it is hard to remember who is who in this biopic.
“Jobs” ranges somewhere between the spectrum of disappointing to nothing special when it comes to motion pictures. Time will be better spent listening to one’s iPod than viewing this movie.