Cert: 12 A Runtime: 128 mins Director: Joshua Michael Stern Cast: Ashton Kutcher, Dermot Mulroney, Josh Gad, Lukas Haas, Matthew Modine and J.K Simmons
Some see what’s possible, others change what’s possible
I can never say no to biopic minus maybe Diana recently, when I heard of JOBS I was rather intrigued. But why would you make a film so quickly after his passing? Joshua Michael Stern’s “Jobs” is like an assembly line for the best moments in the life of Steve Jobs, but without any depth, and without significance. It is a truly unremarkable biopic of the “master of innovation” as you can possibly imagine. “Jobs” follows an overly safe, unimaginative course that clocks in at a tiresome 128 minutes. The storytelling is painfully straightforward, covering only the principal events of his professional trials and tribulations, and providing little else beyond what is already public knowledge.Developing his imagination for computer programming at Atari, Steve brought in pal Steve Wozniak (Josh Gad) to help with the hardware, and forming a partnership that would soon lead to the founding of Apple Computers. Developing Apple into an industry force throughout the 1980s. Steve is not prepared for the financial demands and the ruthless business mentality, and eventually forced out of the company he began, only to return in the 1990s with a fresh game plan on how to bring Apple back into the public consciousness.
“Jobs” is a biopic with a very narrow focus, and without any sense of risk or adventure. It is so intent on covering Jobs’ entire corporate career, that it simply reduces his personal life to a footnote. Stern completely glosses over Jobs’ personal life, which is essential to any self-respecting biopic. The entire production feels rushed and slapped together simply to benefit from being the first one out of the gate.To his credit, Kutcher puts forth a good effort, and he undeniably looks the part of Steve Jobs. Unfortunately, Ashton always looks like he is trying too hard to play the part, and never fully becomes the character he’s portraying. His limitations are a major liability. He has developed a screen persona as likable character, which has served him well with numerous TV sitcoms. Not so much with movies.What emerges is a movie that has “a made for TV” feel, depicting a self-absorbed creep who stabs everyone in the back to simply to get his way that goes on for over two hours. A thoroughly unsatisfying tribute, and we are still left none the wiser as to what made “The Father of the Digital Revolution” beyond what we already know.