|2013||128 Min||Biography . History . Drama|
The story of Steve Jobs' ascension from college dropout into one of the most revered creative entrepreneurs of the 20th century.
|Actors:||Amanda Crew , Dermot Mulroney , Ashton Kutcher , James Woods , Josh Gad , Matthew Modine , Lukas Haas , J.K. Simmons , Ron Eldard , Elden Henson|
|Directors:||Joshua Michael Stern|
Entertaining and smart, with a great, career 2.0 performance from Ashton Kutcher.
The ironic thrust of the movie is that Jobs' humanity is there in that perfectionistic insanity. He pushes and pushes to make home computers more and more appealing, accessible, and user-friendly, and that's his great gift to the world.
It’s a competently made, traditional biopic about a man who disdained those terms.
Jobs is a just-the-facts - and fiddling-with-the-facts - dramatization, forgoing any kind of deeper psychological exploration of the man and his motivations, his demons and dreams.
It’s superficial, but that plays into the hands of the film’s star, Ashton Kutcher.
Kutcher finds compassion without going for anything so cheap as an explanation for Jobs's bad behavior; it's a wily, understated performance.
The problem is that the film gets too wrapped up in the myth to tell an effective behind-the-scenes tale.
He was a charismatic leader and the greatest salesman the industry ever saw. He also was a very vocal spokesman for the graying counterculture -- crediting his high-tech success to Zen Buddhism, Dylan songs and acid trips.
The filmmakers do fall into the trap of overly sentimentalizing a widely beloved public figure who represents an enormous cultural significance. At the same time, however, they keep the movie frequently engaging.
The movie is constantly at war with attempts to provide an honest portrayal, almost as if its subject were reaching beyond the grave to steer any negativity back in the direction of a hagiography.
So the principal point of controversy involved here is not Jobs himself, but Ashton Kutcher, who plays him. The actor's approach is to ape Jobs' speech and movements, which he does quite well. Whether mimicry qualifies as characterization is a question for Jobs' viewers to answer for themselves.
"Compelling" is a word one could apply to Jobs - he was a magnetic figure - but it doesn't describe this movie. "Average" might even be a stretch, and that's something of an insult to the man whose story it tells.
Save for a few references of being abandoned by his birth parents and adopted later, the source of Jobs's jerky behavior never is revealed.
If Jobs had been a producer on Jobs, he would have sent it back to the lab for a redesign.
If one were to compare this film to one of Jobs’s own products, it would be more like the Cube than the iPod.
At its best, it's a good picture, and at its worst, it's almost good.
Kutcher, whose acting chops haven’t been tested in all those pretty-boy lead roles, was a welcome surprise. His movie-star glow distracts, but there is a strong physical resemblance. Moreover, he’s got many of Jobs’ mannerisms down cold, from that T Rex–like walk to the fingers that fan the air and the yoga-style postures left over from his bohemian youth. It’s a good impression, but Jobs itself is all too impressionistic.
One thing it doesn't do is offer a revealing look at the mercurial entrepreneur. The movie that bears his name settles on a blandly superficial treatment of a deeply complex man.
Jobs is a one-man show that needed to go for broke and doesn't. My guess is that Jobs would give it a swat.
Jobs works much better as a history of Apple than it does as a portrait of the genius who dreamed it up.
The dialogue comes straight out of "The Benny Goodman Story." That look, someone says to a staring, pausing Kutcher, "tells me you're on to something big." Nobody talks in this movie; everyone speechifies or take turns sloganing one another to death.
For (nearly) every yin of Ashton Kutcher’s Steve Jobs flashing a moment of brilliance, there’s a yang of someone saying he’s changed or is his own worst enemy. The unwritten, but understood, full title of Joshua Michael Stern’s film is "Jobs: Brilliant Asshole."
If it weren’t for his voice, Kutcher would have been the ideal choice to star in Jobs, a well-meant but ultimately unsurprising biopic.
Ultimately, Jobs is a prosaic but not unaffecting tribute to the virtues of defiance, nonconformity, artistry, beauty, craftsmanship, imagination and innovation, qualities it only intermittently reflects as a piece of filmmaking.
Jobs the movie isn't as fascinating as Jobs the man, much less the myth of entrepreneurial superiority he left behind.
It fails to rise above the inherent limitations of the traditional Hollywood biopic and it's about as insanely great as a Mac "low cost" LC model – which was, to be fair, pretty cool.
The film thankfully doesn’t offer some pop-psychology Rosebud to explain Jobs’s drive or near-sociopathic perfectionism, yet we walk away knowing nothing about what made this revolutionary tick.
It’s bloated, overwrought, and nakedly sentimental, a sappy and cliched celebration instead of a searching and incisive exploration.
This is far from the bomb some would have envisaged, but neither is it the character illumination one would wish for. Jobs appears so consumed by his work here that little else mattered in his life. That may be true, but we're left none the wiser as to what made the man tick, beyond what we already know.
Jobs amounts to, at best, a Cliffs Notes version of the man’s early life. If you want the real story, you’ll have to read Walter Isaacson’s fascinating 2011 biography, which would make a much better film than this one.
The film is so thick with Jobs’s career highlights and lowlights that there’s little room for insights.
The Great Man theory of history that’s recycled in this movie is inevitably unsatisfying, but never more so when the figure at the center remains as opaque as Jobs does here.
There was a time when the slack storytelling, stock characterizations and general by-the-numbers feeling of the film could be put into perspective by saying it seemed like a TV biopic. But even TV movies are done with more verve than this these days.
Where the film completely falls down is in director Joshua Michael Stern’s disastrous decision to cast Ashton Kutcher in the central role.
Steered by a lead actor and director, Joshua Michael Stern, who are both way out of their respective leagues, Jobs is excruciating, failing to entertain and all but pissing on its subject's grave.
1. Peace Train ( Performer: Cat Stevens (aka Yusuf islam) )
2. Allegro from: Brandenburg Concerto No. 3 - in G Major BWV 1048 ( Writer: Matt Whiteley )
3. House Of The Rising Sun ( Performer: The Brymers )
4. Silver Ghost ( Performer: Parish Hall )
5. Fantasie Impromptu in C-sharp minor, Op. posth. 66 ( Performer: Umi Garrett )
6. Boots Of Spanish Leather ( Performer: Bob Dylan )
7. Scarborough Aire ( Performer: Dylan McDonald, Cassidy Cooper )
8. There Were Times ( Performer: Freddy Monday )
9. Sacrifice ( Performer: The Brymers )
10. Life's Been Good ( Performer: Joe Walsh )
11. Roll With The Changes ( Performer: REO Speedwagon )
12. Shine On Me ( Performer: Matthew Cheadle )
13. Walk On The Ocean ( Performer: Toad The Wet Sprocket )
14. You Can Do (Whatever) ( Performer: Cat Stevens (aka Yusuf islam) )
15. Roll With the Changes (Re:created) ( Performer: REO Speedwagon Itunes )
16. Walk On the Ocean (Jobs Mix) ( Performer: Toad the Wet Sprocket Itunes )
17. Brandenburg Concerto No. 3 Allegro ( Performer: I Barocchisti & Diego Fasolis Itunes )
18. Steve's Theme: Main Title ( Performer: John Debney Itunes )
19. Recruiting Team Macintosh ( Performer: John Debney Itunes )
20. Think Different ( Performer: John Debney Itunes )
21. Jobs Returns / Tours Apple ( Performer: John Debney & Josh Debney Itunes )
22. Scarborough Fair ( Performer: Dylan McDonald & Cassidy Cooper Itunes )
23. Going Public ( Performer: John Debney Itunes )
24. Steve Takes Control / Interim CEO ( Performer: John Debney Itunes )
25. Father and Son ( Performer: John Debney Itunes )
26. Resignations ( Performer: John Debney Itunes )
27. Leaving Homebrew ( Performer: John Debney Itunes )
28. Seven Years Later / Steve Jobs the Gardner ( Performer: John Debney Itunes )
29. Worst Mistake I Ever Made ( Performer: John Debney Itunes )
30. Simpler Interface / For Everyman ( Performer: John Debney Itunes )
31. First Deal ( Performer: John Debney Itunes )
32. Jobs Fires Programmer ( Performer: John Debney Itunes )
33. Golden Parachute ( Performer: John Debney Itunes )
34. 1984 Commercial ( Performer: John Debney Itunes )
35. Hey Woz / Dawn of Computers ( Performer: John Debney Itunes )
36. Cold Calls ( Performer: John Debney Itunes )
37. More Inventory ( Performer: John Debney Itunes )
38. The Board Acts / Steve Makes Calls ( Performer: John Debney Itunes )
39. Why Do You Stay? ( Performer: John Debney Itunes )
40. Jobs Gets John Sculley ( Performer: John Debney Itunes )
41. We Got a Shop / In the Garage ( Performer: John Debney Itunes )
42. The Deal ( Performer: John Debney Itunes )
43. Jobs Fires His Girlfriend / Computer Fair ( Performer: John Debney Itunes )
44. Steve's the Problem / Letter From Lisa ( Performer: John Debney Itunes )
45. The Breakup ( Performer: John Debney Itunes )