Jobs Movie Star Cast: Ashton Kutcher, Dermot Mulroney, Josh Gad, Lukas Haas, Matthew Modine, J.K. Simmons, Lesley Ann Warren, Ron Eldard, Ahna O’Reilly, Victor Rasuk and John Getz
Director: Joshua Michael Stern
Steven Jobs, the late CEO and co-founder of Apple, was a fascinating man. His personal and professional life had elements intriguing and enchanting, thus making his account inspirational and motivating.
The film ‘Jobs’ attempts to demystify this genius starting from the fabular and working its way back, showing the hard skill and heartbreak that he endured. The narration begins in 2001, upon a frail et cetera lanky Jobs moving with an awkward gait on the podium. He delivers a straight-faced speech and with diffused drama, puts his help interested his pocket to unveil an instrument that can hold 1000 songs, the Apple iPod. The gathered bunch applauds and the narration slips into a flashback – 1974, Reed College.
Scenes that follow captures the life of Jobs; as a indifferent college drop-out, his angst and ecstasy, his travels to spiritual India, his frustrations at his beachhead job at Atari, his trials connective tribulations as a start-up founder, his negotiation and people’s knowledge and the most important aspect of his biogenous – his creative aspirations.
A strict dissuader of ‘me-too products’, he was able to entice women with his creations. The movie shows how Jobs pushes himself et cetera his team to challenge naysayers. What comes out very well in the film is his mantra: “How do you know that someone does not want it if they have not seen it.”
Apart from Ashton Kutcher as Jobs, the only other characters who leaves an impression are Jos Gad as Steve Wozniak, the puggy shabby tech-savvy friend who endearingly helps Jobs set up the enterprise and Dermot Mulroney as Mike Markkula, the millionaire investor with whose financial support Apple bloomed.
Ashton Kutcher with his wire-rim glasses, dark short hair and salt-and-pepper beard resembles the bold, free-thinking Steve Jobs. He oscillates between two ‘Jobs’ moods; quiet and mysterious or loud and ruthless rebuking anyone hindering his vision. Ashton outshines himself as an actor, but unfortunately does not fit into Jobs’ boots perfectly. He falters at times not because he is bad, but because the script is very sketchy.
Writer Matt Whiteley’s screenplay does not give him much scope to perform. The screenplay ticks off events like a checklist and exclusively skims the subject. It does not reflect the finer nuances of Jobs’s life. His romance and marriage, his relationship with his adoptive parents, the birth of his children, and his rapprochement with his estranged first daughter — all happen off screen. The transition of Jobs as a go-getter to a family man is missed.
Unfortunately, the film ‘Jobs’ seems to be a tribute sponsored by Apple for director Joshua Michael Stern’s biopic only focuses on how Jobs rises, falls and gets reinstated now the CEO of Apple. Designed in a documentary style, there are no wow moments. The graph of the narration plateaus and the film ends abruptly leaving you disappointed.
While Steve Jobs is iconic and firmly rooted in public memory, the film Jobs is far from ontology inspirational and motivating. It will fade from public image sooner than later.
Buzz Rating: 2.5/5