Ashton does an okay job. I'm not his biggest fan, but he pulls it off, particularly in his later years, would actually not have recognized him. He manages to tone the ham right down, thankfully.
It's an okay movie. One to watch once and forget about.
I've never really been an Apple user, but I've often been fascinated by Steve Jobs. The things he has helped create and revolutionize in today's world, cannot be understated. I honestly believe he was our times Thomas Edison in a lot of ways. But, I don't know a lot about him, just that he started Apple, Pixar and created things like the IPod, IPad, and IPhone. This is a portrait of him from starting apple, to about the time they came out with the IPod. I gotta say, it's pretty interesting and I was very into it. Now, there are a lot of holes in the story, and it doesn't show a lot of stuff about him I'd like to have seen(more of his personal life, relationship with Bill Gates, his death). But, it shows enough to be a pretty solid movie. My biggest concern was Ashton Kutcher as Jobs, and I have to say, he nailed it. Never once was I like "Oh it's that goofy Kutcher crap". He took it serious and did a terrific job, probably his best performance to date. The rest of the cast was very solid as well. If you have no interest in technology or Steve Jobs, then you should probably just skip it. Otherwise, it's a good glimpse at a very important figure in our modern world.
Good Film! Ashton Kutcher has come a long way from portraying the stupid kid in That 70's show to portraying one of the geniuses of our generation. He is eerily similar to the original Steve Jobs and full marks to him for taking on the nuances, the body language and the talking style of the Apple founder. The jaw line was perfect and as a young Jobs he was flawless. The music is good and you get to hear some famous Bob Dylan songs in the movie, as Steve was a big Dylan fan all this life. Go without too many expectations and I bet you will be enjoying this biopic without asking yourself too many questions.
The story of Steve Jobs' ascension from college dropout into one of the most revered creative entrepreneurs of the 20th century.
The subject matter covered in this film is certainly worthy and intriguing, but it's also a little familiar, even if you're somehow not all that familiar with the story of Steve Jobs, and screenwriter Matt Whiteley's trope-heavy interpretation of this story concept is just about as familiar as the subject matter itself, although that's not to say that this effort doesn't stand to associate you more with the characters and their sides of the story. Rushing is a problem in a lot of ways, particularly when it sees expository depth thinned down through limitations in immediate background information and even gradual characterization that make it hard, or rather, harder to get invested. Yeah, many supporting roles aren't especially compelling, and when it comes to Steve Jobs as a lead character, well, he's pretty unlikable, as this film has the sleaze of Jobs as both a corrupt businessman and overambitious, hard-hearted person emphasized too much, and no matter how charismatic Ashton Kutcher is, Jobs is too flawed to be all that compelling, as surely as storytelling is too tight for you to squeeze in enough investment to stand a chance of compensating for the compellingness which is shaken by problematic characterization. Rushing not only limits exposition, like I said, but kind of wears you down, leaving the film to border on monotonous as it breezes over its subject matter, establishing a certain blandness which goes exacerbated by, of all things, slow spells. The meandering moments found in Whiteley's script are near-aimless in their leaving storytelling to wander along material with an awkwardness that is made all the worse when dragging is broken by the aforementioned all-out hurrying, which thrusts unevenness along pacing that is about as disconcerting as the focal inconsistencies, which result from slam-bangs through Jobs' story that, as the plot thickens and gains more layers, make the narrative kind of hard to keep up with. Focus is so incoherent that, before too long, it starts to feel as though it dissipates, leaving the final product to meander along a familiar and uneven path, with a problematic character helm, until finally falling, not just short of potential, but deep into underwhelmingness. The film is not as compelling as it could have been, but neither is it as messy as it could have been, being more-or-less forgettable, sure, but well-done enough to engage, even visually, at least to a certain degree.
Well, perhaps Russell Carpenter's cinematography is sometimes near-amateur in its overstylization, but the arguably overt bite to lighting is sometimes stunning, and consistently lovely, as surely as the musical style impresses by its own right, for although the soundtrack is neither a unique nor an outstanding showcase of classic tunes from Steve Jobs' golden years, but it still offers plenty of enjoyable tunes. The soundtrack also helps in capturing tonal dynamics, or at least helps in establishing entertainment value, and for this, credit is due to director Joshua Michael Stern's usage of style, as well as other elements of storytelling. Stern can do only so much to comfortably handle a questionably structured narrative, and his directorial storytelling sometimes makes matters worse with its own issues, yet the subtle plays entertain and the occasional effective play on weightier aspects compel, though not without the help of the performers. To tell you the truth that you might have expected, the supporting performers do a more solid job of selling their characters' depths than the dramatically underdeveloped Ashton Kutcher does in his portrayal of a character who needs to be sold in order for you to get past the overwhelming flaws, but that's not to say that Kutcher is shabby, as he has a certain charisma, broken by some fair, if not pretty heavy dramatic layers. Kutcher is by no means as revelatory as one might have hoped, but he's still better than others might have feared, and his serviceable lead performance does a good bit in helping bring some engagement value to a flawed lead, and it helps that he's carrying subject matter which is intriguing through all of the grime over its depths. Again, conceptual intrigue goes watered down by conventional and uneven interpretations within an overblown script by Matt Whiteley that sometims actually underexplores the full depths of its subject matter, yet this meditation upon the humanly dramatic and intellectual business elements of Steve Jobs' story is still worthy enough, as well as, by decent, if improvable writing, direction and acting, sold enough to, at the very least, fascinate. I'm sure a much more fascinating interpretation of this story will come along, and when it does, I can't say that this film will be all that worth remembering, because as it stands, it's hardly anything special, no matter how much it wants to be, and yet, it's not as considerable of a misfire as it could have been, having enough juice and entertainment value to adequately engage, regardless of lost potential.
Overall, a formulaic, underdeveloped and unevenly paced and focused interpretation of a story that is really undercut by a rather unlikable lead is enough to drive the film quite decidedly short of its potential, but the decent cinematography, soundtrack, acting and directorial telling of a genuinely intriguing, if underexplored story concept are enough to make Joshua Michael Stern's "Jobs" an adequate, if somewhat sloppy tribute to the creative genius and human flaws of the late, gr-... well, late Steve Jobs (Again, he sure was a joke, but he makes for a decent film).
2.5/5 - Fair
Screenwriter Matt Whiteley began work on the screenplay around the time Steve Jobs took medical leave from Apple to battle pancreatic cancer. Director Joshua Michael Stern stated in an interview that all material for the screenplay was collected via research and interviews - an expert team of researchers combed through all public records and interviews that had anything to do with Steve Jobs. Mark, the screenwriter and the research team, also took it upon themselves to interview quite a large pool of people who either worked at Apple or worked with Steve to make sure that he was portrayed as accurate a portrait. That is ok... but the first you'll notice about this movie is how blunt it is in describing one colourful character with a vision! The guy had a life which was interesting, that is a fact... What's frustrating about this approach is that so much of Jobs' life story-not to mention the story of the literally world-changing devices he helped to invent-really was fascinating - starting at Reed, where he dropped out and audited classes for free after six months, or at Atari, where he got his first job designing games and immediately gained a reputation as an anti-social, unshowered smartass. He was adopted by the Jobs family after being given up as an infant by his single mother (though his parents later remarried), and that left a deep trace. His maladjustment to ordinary life, could be blamed to many factors but this was one of them.
This movie was a missed opportunity to present a colourful individual with rainbow colours - and at the end we finished with couple colours only in over 2 hours of uninspired story. The dramatic core of Jobs is almost non-existing because most of the time seems like a one-man show of a movie. The only real connection and dramatic elements were present when long-term working partners Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak, the engineer who almost singlehandedly built the motherboard for the original Apple prototype, had their share on the screen together. As played delightfully by Josh Gad, Woz is a squat, real nerd and tech geek with a passionate love for his work... and a real friend.
If you are interested in cold presentation full with biopic clichés, inspirational slogans, and advertising taglines - check it out.
In this PG-13-rated bio-pic, director Joshua Michael Stern and screenwriter Matt Whitely chart Steve Jobs' (Kutcher) ascension from college dropout into one of the most revered creative entrepreneurs of the 20th century.
Ashton Kutcher looks like Steve Jobs and does a decent job delivering lines like "I didn't lose it...it was stolen from me," but it's an approximation of a real person--not a spot-on heartfelt performance. Likewise, all involved present the Man's story with sluggish pacing, ho-hum storytelling, and stock turns not unlike a Made-for-TV flick that first broadcast around the time that the Myth and the Legend himself was developing the Mac. On the plus side, a 1984 version of this Mac does make an appearance. On the minus side, it gives one of the movie's most riveting performances.
Bottom line: Syntax Error.
The film does have a few flaws, like not dealing with Jobs's personal life. Also given that I heard that the real life people in the film, have complained that the film isn't accurate, also makes me wonder, about what I saw in the film.
Kutcher impressed me, starting from the opening scene. When it goes to college and we see Kutcher without the make up, I thought I was looking at Kutcher not jobs. However, from when he works at Atari till the end of the film, I thought Kutcher was amazing. Josh Gad is also great in the film. Dermot Mulroney, Matthew Modine, Ron Eldard, and J.K. Simmons provide solid supporting work here.
Despite the flaws, I definitely recommend this film.
The movie is good and entertaining for the most part. What I wish is that it didn't skip over Pixar and NeXT. The movie serves mostly as a history of Apple up to the intro of the iPod plus a peek into Steve's life, rather than focusing on the man himself.