Movie Review: Jobs (2013)

Starring: Ashton Kutcher, Josh Gad and Dermot Mulroney

Directed by: Joshua Michael Stern

The story of Steve Jobs from college dropout to one of the greatest technological entrepreneurs the world has ever seen.

Towards the end of last year I watched Steve Jobs (2015) starring Michael Fassbender as the title character and I thought that the movie was truly exceptional. Fassbender’s performance was incredible and the story told was detailed without being too tedious. Jobs (2013) is a movie that I’ve owned on DVD for a long while now and since buying it it’s been of those movies that I always overlook. Since watching Steve Jobs last year though I have been a little more intrigued by watching and also comparing the two movies to see which was better although the general consensus points towards Michael Fassbender’s movie rather than this one.

Ashton Kutcher being cast as Steve Jobs for me was an interesting choice as well as being something that I was intrigued to watch. With the exception of The Guardian I’ve only ever seen Ashton Kutcher in comedy movies such as Dude, Where’s My Car, Guess Who and What Happens In Vegas. I’ve seen a few other of his movies along with a lot of That 70’s Show and he has the personality and skill set to play comedy and I’ve never really considered him to be able to play a serious role and play it well. I can see why he had been cast to play Steve Jobs as both men are slim and tall and after seeing old pictures of Steve Jobs, they do actually look rather similar. Kutcher’s acting was also pretty decent for the most part and I feel that he nailed the way that Jobs walked too. I was honestly expecting nothing from Kutcher and judging by the sheer quantity of negative reviews online I was expecting very little from the movie.

The story was a little different from that of Steve Jobs as this focused a lot more on the start up of Apple and its progression from nothing to something. While there was a small glimpse into his relationship with daughter Lisa at the end I would’ve liked to have seen a greater focus on that relationship, much like Steve Jobs did. I felt like a large portion of the cast were fairly solid in their roles but Josh Gad as Steve Wozniak was largely disappointing. I thought that Seth Rogen handled the character much better in the other movie and Gad’s fake facial hair looked awful and appeared to get worse as the movie progressed through the timeline. While I do think Josh Gad is a fairly decent actor I just don’t think this was the role for him and would’ve been better suited for somebody else. The one thing I liked about this movie was it was simple to understand and follow. I’m not going to sit here and pretend for one second that I know much about computers and I was dreading that there would be so much computer and technology jargon involved that I’d get lost amongst the fancy words but it was written relatively well for the every day viewer who may not know a great deal about the details but are more fascinated by the story.

Overall, Jobs was a movie that I had anticipated getting nothing from but was surprisingly pretty ok although did run on for a little longer than it should’ve. It’s a slightly above average movie but it’s unable to complete with Steve Jobs (2015) in terms of quality.


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