Jobs is based on the early life of Apple Computer founder, Steve Jobs. This film shows how he partnered up with Steve Wozniak who created the first Apple Computer. They formed the company and built their projects out of Steve’s parents garage. A semi-retired employee from Intel, Mike Markkula, saw the potential in Apple and invested in their company. This film showcases the ups and downs of Steve Jobs memorable and extraordinary life.
I was a little worried going into this film because it has such a low rating on Rotten Tomatoes. That never stops me from seeing a film. I think its best that you watch a movie for yourself to formulate your own opinion. Anyways, while the film did have some problems, overall I really enjoyed it. The opening scene was emotional which choked me up and gave me shivers.
Ashton Kutcher played the titular role of Steve Jobs. Kutcher is an overrated actor and sometimes I still wonder how he became famous. I never was a fan of That 70’s Show. But I have to admit, I thought he was okay in his portrayal of Steve Jobs. Some of his scenes were a little over the top but I was able to tolerate him throughout the rest of the film. Josh Gad (1600 Penn, Love & Other Drugs, 21) was fantastic as Steve Wozniak. Gad is a great actor but is mostly known for his comedic acting talent. He was able to prove that he is more than that and wonderfully blended dramatic and comedic acting in Jobs.
I think the biggest problem with Jobs was the script by first timer, Matt Whiteley. There were a few supporting characters and subplots that were never fully developed. A lot of characters just came and left without ever to be heard from again. There was a pretty big build up for one subplot but finished very poorly. He was trying to cram way too much into one movie delivering too few payoffs.
Director Joshua Michael Stern (Swing Vote) was able to deliver some fascinating sequences and montages throughout the film. He has a great sense of direction and created some well composed shots. Music Composer John Debney (Passion of the Christ, Sin City) scored a beautiful score to go along with the film. Despite of Kutcher’s mediocre acting, Stern and Debney were able to craft some emotional sequences.
This will not be the last film focused on the life of Steve Jobs. Steve Jobs changed the world with his innovative ideas and this movie didn’t do him justice. While I did enjoy this film, there were a lot of unanswered questions and other script problems. Sorry Kutcher, you still haven’t convinced me of being a good actor. This film can wait to be seen at home.
3/5 - Enjoyable