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Jobs Movie Review - Fails To Strike A Chord

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Rating:
2.5/5
You might think that a movie on Steve Jobs, Apple co-founder (along with Steve Wozniak) and chief executive officer (CEO) is the best way to pay respects to one of the most iconic figures in the tech industry. Well you are not wrong! But what should have been a true biopic of the legend ends up as a mere sketch of the man.

Writing a script for a film on Steve Jobs is no easy task as it has to be extremely well researched and detailed, chronicling the life of the wizard. However, what Jobs does is nothing more than giving you a slice of the life of a true genius. Director Joshua Stern succeeds in portraying Jobs as a visionary, but fails to make a good film, thanks to a half-baked script by Matt Whiteley! The gradual change in Jobs life from a carefree hippie to becoming a tech giant is beautifully showcased.

There are way too many discrepancies in the script of Jobs because of which you are left completely uninvolved. Several important aspects and happenings (well-known fights, important colleagues and business ventures) in Steve Job's life is not even mentioned in the film.

Story
Jobs gives us glimpses into the rise and fall of a multi millionaire. The film begins with his garage days. The audience is introduced to his friends who later go on to play very important role in the film.

Performance
Ashton Kutcher has worked very hard to look and 'be' Steve Job and that shows! His mannerisms, his walks, talks....everything reminds you of the legend. One of the most striking scenes is the one when he strikes a deal with Mike. Josh Gad is brilliant and fits perfectly in the role of Wozniak. Durmot Mulroney is wasted. The other star cast do not have much to do in the film.

Cinematography, Editing, Music
Cinematography is brilliant as it beautifully captures different shades of the legend. Background music, especially in the first half is mind blowing. Jobs is a 2 hour long film that tries hard to chronicle the life of Steve Jobs, but in vain! Atleast 20 minutes of the story could have been edited.

Verdict
Jobsis an average film that promises a lot, but offers nothing. Watch it only if you know nothing about Steve Jobs!

Director: Joshua Michael Stern
Cast: Ashton Kutcher, Dermot Mulroney, Josh Gad, Lukas Haas, Matthew Modine, J.K. Simmons

Click on the slider to view movie stills and read what leading publications have to say about the movie.

Michael O'Sullivan, Washington Post

Directed by Joshua Michael Stern ("Swing Vote") and written by first-time screenwriter Matt Whiteley, Jobs confuses the story of Apple, the company, with the story of its guru and guiding force, spending way too much time on backroom personnel dealings than on encounters that might help us understand, on a deep level, the title character.

Steven Rea, The Philadelphia Inquirer

A just-the-facts - and fiddling-with-the-facts - dramatisation, forgoing any kind of deeper psychological exploration of the man and his motivations, his demons and dreams.

Brian Moylan, The Guardian

If Stern turned this product in at Apple, Jobs would have taken a big steaming dump on it and handed it back to him and no-one would be able to tell what was the turd and what was the movie.

Mark LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle

Ashton Kutcher is perfectly convincing as Jobs from his first minutes onscreen. He looks like him, walks like him, and he gets into his skin. He looks at people the way Jobs looked at people, arrogantly, quizzically, skeptically, often amused but not especially friendly.

Michael O'Sullivan, The Washington Post

Kutcher does a couple of things well, aping Jobs's guarded, tight-lipped smile and familiar, half-hunching, half-bouncing gait, even if at times they seem more like ill-fitting mannerisms than expressions of Jobs's driven personality.

Justin Lowe, The Hollywood Reporter

Kutcher has an advantage in the role with his passing resemblance to Jobs, but he also faithfully re-creates some of his character's physical mannerisms for additional dimensionality. He manages a fair imitation of Jobs' speaking style as well, particularly when delivering a number of monologues, usually while haranguing his employees or board of directors.

Sebastian Doggart, The Telegraph

The poverty of his skills as a serious actor is on full display. His diction is incoherent. He clumsily signposts every emotion he thinks his character should feel: smug smiles for triumph; exaggerated scowls for disgust; nail-biting for anxiety.

Manohla Dargies, The New York Times

Mr Kutcher doesn't have the tools that some actors use to transcend weak material and either he didn't receive any help or didn't allow any real direction from Mr. Stern. Mr. Kutcher's tendency to cap so many emotional scenes with small, self-satisfied smiles is especially unfortunate because they can't help but bring to mind his other career as a pitchman for digital cameras.

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