WRITTEN BY: Matt Whiteley
DIRECTED BY: Joshua Michael Stern
STARRING: Ashton Kutcher, Josh Gad, Dermot Mulroney, J. K. Simmons, Lukas Haas
RATING: 2 stars
Steve Jobs is without a doubt one of the greatest minds in technology the world has ever seen. He was also, according to many people, incredibly difficult to work with and not the most socially friendly person. His story is a fascinating one and less than two years after his death, we've already got a film to chronicle his inspiring journey. Unfortunately, Jobs is not an inspiring film. It focuses on his early years but barely touches on some hugely significant aspects of his personal and professional life. The film is also very slow and fails to engage audiences, which is ironic considering the influence of the man himself.
The film follows Jobs' rise, fall and rise again in the technology world but stops at 2000 on the cusp of the release of the iPod, which began the real Apple revolution. While it is great to learn more about those early years, including his college drop out, it would have been equally interesting to learn about the hurdles post-2000. It also would have been helpful to learn more about his time in India, which seemed to be a huge influence on him.
Kutcher is not known as being a very good actor. There has been a lot of talk about the casting choice and whether he could pull off the role. Unfortunately, the skepticism is warranted because, while Kutcher was not terrible, he was not particularly memorable either. He seemed to be reciting lines for long speeches without showing any emotion on his face. He had the Steve Jobs walk but perhaps overdid it at times. The supporting cast was a little stronger, including Dermot Mulroney as the friend and foe Mike Markkula, Josh Gad as the funny and emotive Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak and Lukas Haas as Jobs' old friend Daniel Kottke.
If you really want to know about Steve Jobs' life, I would recommend reading about his life, rather than watching this film.