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Joshua Michael Stern
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About the Movie
Ashton Kutcher is Steve Jobs, the iconic Apple innovator and groundbreaking entrepreneur. This inspiring and entertaining film chronicles Jobs’ early days as a college dropout to his rise as the co-founder of Apple Computer Inc. and forced departure from the company. More than a decade later, Jobs returns and single-handedly sets a course that will turn the once-tiny startup into one of the world’s most valuable companies. His epic journey blazes a trail that changes technology – and the world – forever. JOBS is a riveting story of a true American visionary, a man who let nothing stand in the way of greatness. Co-starring Dermot Mulroney, Josh Gad, J. K. Simmons and Matthew Modine.
Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews
- Reviews Counted: 126
- Fresh: 34
- Rotten: 92
- Average Rating: 4.9/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Rotten: After a while, you don't care.
Rotten: There's a void inside the man that Kutcher never manages to fill.
Rotten: A missed opportunity.
Rotten: The performance at the center just isn't up to the job.
This movie focuses on the visionary concept of Steve Jobs, this is an outstanding movie and it makes me think about the apple products differently. R.I.P. Steve Jobs, you sure did make people..... Think Differently
A STEVE JOBS BIOPIC THAT HARDLY DOES THE MAN JUSTICE
In concept, "Jobs" is certainly an ambitious film in its own right, as it genuinely tries to condense the life of one of the most recognized technological innovators of the past half-century into a little over two hours. Unfortunately, the journey from script to screen doesn't exactly work in this flick's favor (especially since it essentially comes across as a failed attempt at capturing the same winning formula of 2010's much more successful "The Social Network"). Despite their combined best efforts, director Joshua Michael Stern and writer Matt Whiteley ultimately provide nothing more than a thinly sketched, skin-deep portrait of an influential, complex figure who frankly deserves a lot better. Basically, the film follows Steve Jobs through several huge events in his life, from his early days as a college dropout to his rise as the co-founder of Apple Computer and eventual forced departure from the company. Of course, he eventually returns more than a decade later, singlehandedly setting a course that turns his once-tiny startup into one of the world's most valuable companies. To be fair, Jobs' story is a particularly expansive one with lots of huge ground to cover, so it's understandable that the filmmakers would just want to cram in as many of his life experiences and close friends/enemies as possible into the already bloated script. The problem with that is the fact that the film is often more concerned with simply checking off various bullet points in Jobs' life than actually digging into the complexities of the man himself. Sure, we get to know more about what he did, but hardly anything about who he was as a person, save for just a few emotionally melodramatic scenes that rapidly come and go. As the legendary inventor and entrepreneur, Ashton Kutcher does deliver an admirably committed performance, as he impressively mimics everything from his harsh mannerisms to his hugely perfectionist attitude. He's never not interesting to watch (especially when the movie focuses on the darker, more personal events in Jobs' life), but his overly serious portrayal of the real-life figure can become seriously draining after a while. In terms of acting, Kutcher's unsurprisingly the only one who easily stands out the entire time, although the flick's supporting cast, which includes Josh Gad as Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak and Dermot Mulroney as second CEO Mike Markkula, is consistently watchable, despite a few of the actors' less-than-believable performances. Overall, with the exception of some memorable scenes that showcase Kutcher's knack at sinking into the role of Jobs, this biopic just ends up feeling like a missed opportunity that could've been a whole lot better given the right filmmakers. More often than not, it resembles a formulaic, over-sentimentalized made-for-TV movie that lacks the big talent, great writing, and efficient character development to help set it apart from other films in its genre (not to mention the fact that it's overlong and way too bland to resonate on an actual emotional level. So if you do decide to skip over "Jobs," just know that you're really not missing out on much (aside from Kutcher playing Steve, of course). At the very least, it's worth renting once, but that's about it.
This is a really great movie. It is like watching the movie version of the official biography.
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