Just who was Steven Paul Jobs and why should we care? “JOBS” directed by Joshua Michael Stern and starring Ashton Kutcher tells the story of the creator and founder of Apple Computers. These are the folks who brought us the ipod, ipad, iphone and just about every creative idea that has emerged through modern technology. However, the film itself lacks substance. Kutcher starts out at the end of his life and then through a long flashback begins with his days at Reed College, (where he dropped out and only audited courses, the why of why he dropped out is never really explained) goes to India, experiments with hallucinogens has various women and then comes back meets up with his friends “Woz,” Steve Wozniak ,Josh Gad, Daniel Kottke, Lucas Haas, etc. to form Apple. We are then lead through the various ups and downs of Apple which depict Jobs as a controlling, arrogant, narcissistic, volatile, ambitious, and yet revolutionary thinker. Kutcher does okay with what he is given, but he does not add much to it, beyond the slouched shoulders, grimacing, turtle necks and the constant hands which are either in a prayer mode (rather reminiscent of a yogi master) or waving about madly.
However, there are many missed opportunities and questions left unanswered. Midway through the picture, Jobs learns that he has fathered a child, but refuses to see her or even acknowledge she is his. After the board outs him and all his cohorts desert him, there is a time lapse and suddenly he is married and the child he had not admitted was his, is living with him, his wife and a second child. Clearly, there was a major epiphany, which we were not privy to.
The priority here seems to be in telling the story of Apple and how it came to be, yet even that is missed. We get the feel of the times, down to Jobs love for Bob Dylan versus the Beatles, but again it feels as if we are grasping for more and coming up with less.