For a guy who works on an Apple computer everyday of his life, I’m not really familiar with the man who created it all, Steve Jobs. Sure I was familiar with his work as one of the most creative minds of the early 21st century with his introduction of iGadgets to the public, but I wasn’t familiar with his early years working out of his parent’s garage. The new film Jobs starring Ashton Kutcher explores the creation of Apple and the rise and fall of the computer company’s ring master Steve Jobs.
I have to be honest, I have not bought into the hype that surrounded the release of Jobs. People get excited over the idea of what Steve Jobs stands for, but I had two assumptions before watching Jobs. First was that Jobs was going to be a poor man’s The Social Network, a film that I love by the way. A cheap knock off trying to replicate the success of another project just like Microsoft did to Apple, if you go by the story in Jobs. I could not have been more wrong. The journey of Steve Jobs going from college drop out to billionaire entrepreneur is an intriguing, funny, cruel and uncomfortable to watch at times. I admired Steve Jobs ambitions, but cringed at his heartless attitude towards friends, families and colleagues. At times Steve Jobs comes across more as a villain in the story rather than the hero. Jobs does not shy away from showing the deceased Apple Founder in a poor light.
My second assumption concerning Jobs couldn’t have been more right on. Ashton Kutcher wasn’t equipped to pull off playing Steve Jobs. I will admit, Kutcher has the look of of the narcissistic Apple leader, but that’s where the praise stops for me. My first thought was angry Kelso when I first saw Kutcher (as Steve Jobs) berating his fellow coworkers whom were grueling away in a hot garage. When Kutcher isn’t overacting with anger, he plays Jobs as a bland loner that no one understands but Jobs himself. By no means am I an Ashton Kutcher hater. I actually enjoyed his work in the past, but his acting ruins a good deal of the experience while watching Jobs. Kutcher just doesn’t have the acting chops to give this brilliant, but selfish individual the justice on-screen he deserves.
I enjoyed the examination of the birth of Apple and the road it took for Jobs to get back to the top. Unfortunately Kutcher’s acting ruins the promise of the overall product. I’m sure the perfectionist that was the real Steve Jobs would have many issues with Kutcher’s performance. A positive that actually hurts the film is the excellent acting from the rest of the cast. Everyone from Dermot Mulroney, Matthew Modine and J.K. Simmons shine even with their roles being limited. The scene stealer for me was Josh Gad who plays Job’s pal and first employee Steve Wozniak. Gad’s portrayal of Wozniak is the heart of the film as he watches a friend he admired so much turn into a complete stranger. How is all this great acting a bad thing for Jobs? All the wonderful performances make Kutcher’s problems on-screen even more apparent. Jobs isn’t a bad movie. It’s just not the great movie it could have been. Overall, I give Jobs 2.5 out of 4 potatoes.
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