Jobs

 

Studio-Provided Plot Synopsis: It only takes one person to start a revolution. The extraordinary story of Steve Jobs, the original innovator and ground-breaking entrepreneur who let nothing stand in the way of greatness. The film tells the epic and turbulent story of Jobs as he blazed a trail that changed technology – and the world – forever.

My Thoughts: I admit freely that I’m a bit of an Apple fanboy, and I came into this film aware of both Apple’s history and Steve Jobs’ reputation for being…well, an asshole. Unfortunately, this film fails to deliver what could be an engaging biopic. The film takes a while to get into the story of Apple, which is what makes the Steve Jobs story interesting in the first place: the mixture of technology and boardroom politics are what makes Apple’s history so fascinating. The film also quickly runs through the decade where Jobs was away from Apple, creating NeXT (not to mention Pixar, which the film certainly doesn’t), which…is important for a biopic on Steve Jobs, since Jobs’ experiences at NeXT ended up getting him back into Apple. Ashton Kutcher is visibly working to prove his actorly bona fides here, and at times it works. Often, though, I just saw Ashton Kutcher, Movie Star. Josh Gad, an actor I normally despise, actually does good work here as Steve Wozniak, while Dermot Mulroney, J.K. Simmons and others turn in solid but minor supporting appearances. Jobs would’ve been better served as a TV movie, especially with Aaron Sorkin hard at work adapting Walter Isaacson’s authorized biography of Jobs.

 

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