Sunday Tasmanian - Tassie Living - - MOVIES - Now show­ing Vil­lage Cinemas ( East­lands only); opens at the State Cin­ema on Thurs­day

Joshua Michael Stern ( Swing Vote) Ash­ton Kutcher, Josh Gad, Der­mot Mul­roney, Lukas Haas, Matthew Mo­dine.

Di­rec­tor: Star­ring:

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.


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.

RED 2 ( M)

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.

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