JOBS ( M)
Joshua Michael Stern ( Swing Vote) Ashton Kutcher, Josh Gad, Dermot Mulroney, Lukas Haas, Matthew Modine.
THIS passable biopic of the late Apple creative genius Steve Jobs does not amount to much more than a fi lmed adaptation of his Wikipedia page.
All the right names, dates and brands are represented clearly and concisely, but anything resembling depth, insight or nuanced analysis is merely a mirage.
However, if the movie does successfully communicate Steve Jobs’ duelling personas as peerless innovator and cheerless irritator, then the plaudits must go to a surprisingly credible Ashton Kutcher in the lead role – 99.9 per cent of the world’s population heaved a heavy sigh of disbelief when they heard Charlie Sheen’s replacement on Two and a Half Men had landed the title role in Jobs.
The rest of the planet laughed, texted one another, and promptly forgot all about it.
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Kutcher does better than just OK portraying Steve Jobs. He could have simply glued on some wispy whiskers and given the public the Dude, Where’s My iPad? they were fully expecting.
No, Kutcher puts some real effort into a demanding role. A shame then, that director Joshua Michael Stern and fi rst- time screenwriter Matt Whiteley didn’t subscribe to the same admirable work ethic.
These guys take every storytelling shortcut they can, missing many of the most vital aspects of the Jobs’ life story along the way.
Strangely, the defi ning decade of Jobs’ time at Apple which culminated with his death at age 56 in 2011 is ignored altogether.
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Instead, proceedings end with Jobs whipping an iPod out of his pocket in 2001 and grinning like a loon.
The principal focus of the movie is on the years between the 1976 foundation of Apple Inc. in a suburban garage and Jobs’ return to the company after years in exile for being an absolute prat.
To the fi lmmakers’ credit, they do not hold back on illuminating viewers on the dark side of the man. Long is the list of people who made the mistake of thinking they were working with Steve Jobs.
You only ever worked for Steve Jobs. And it was only ever a matter of time before you were worked over by Steve Jobs, then shown the door.
The reasoning behind every single one of Jobs’ sudden mood swings depicted here are diffi cult to fathom. The same goes for his sudden bursts of lasting creative inspiration.
As a whole, Jobs the movie is watchable enough, but never memorable enough.