“Jobs” tries its best to capture the frustrated genius creator of Apple, but the movie feels more like a generic made-for-TV about the rise and fall of the company instead of a fascinating, in-depth look at the man who would go on to create the Mac and iPod.
The movie opens in 2001 where Steve Jobs (Ashton Kutcher) gives a presentation to his Apple employees about his latest creation, the iPod. From there, the movie flashes back to 1976 as it chronicles the journey of a college dropout who went from working in his garage to becoming the pioneer of the personal computer revolution.
The film probably would have been better if it was named “Apple” instead of “Jobs.” It does a great job in perfectly capturing the changes the company was going through the years. However, it glosses over certain and important aspect of Jobs’ life like the reconciliation with his daughter Lisa or helping create Pixar. It also doesn’t help that director Joshua Michael Stern (“Swing Vote”) pumps the volume of the orchestral music in moments that would invoke applause from moviegoers like if they were trained monkeys or part of a studio audience for an unfunny TV sitcom.
While there are elements in this movie that keeps “Jobs” from being extraordinary, the film manages to boost a descent ensemble that include some good performances.
In probably the best performance of his career yet, Kutcher manages to capture the nuances and mannerisms of Jobs down to a tee from the way he walks to his distinctive speech patterns. Dermot Mulroney delivers as Mike Markkula, the man who not only helped Jobs start Apple, but one of the people he getd him booted out of his own company in 1985. Even though Josh Gad brings humor and earnestness to his role as tech wiz Steve Wozniak, his character feels underwritten with Wozniak being relegated as nothing more than Jobs’ sidekick.
Even though Kutcher does a good job as the ingenious, but sometimes petulant innovator, “Jobs” is an effortless and generic biopic that fails to capture the nuances of its subject.
“Jobs” is now playing in Hialeah theaters. Click here for showtimes.