Ashton Kutcher as Steve Jobs.

By Nick Nicholson –

Steve Jobs (Ashton Kutcher) and his brilliant life are the subject of the film Jobs. As the founder of Apple Computers, Steve Jobs is arguably the most brilliant innovator and inventor of the past century. Focusing on his early partnership with Steve Wozniak (Josh Gad), the film provides a fairly accurate representation of the origins of Apple Computers and matriculates through the jaw dropping altercations with Apple CEO John Sculley (Matthew Modine). The film changes gears with Jobs’ ousting from Apple in the 1980s and continues through his return to the company he founded and the introduction to the world of the iPod innovation.

Typically, one should never compare a literary work to the film it represents; however, when you consider the picture and book are the subject of Steve Jobs and his life and career, it is rather difficult to not make the comparison. Having read the book myself, I came away from the film with the thought the film took very few liberties with changing the story of Jobs’ life. However, there were rather large sections of the book that were either glossed over or completely ignored altogether. It was rather upsetting that Jobs’ daughter, Lisa, was one of those subjects, as she was indeed extremely important in his life after his return to Apple. It is also absolutely mind-boggling that there were no discussions included in the film between Jobs and Wozniak about the initial Apple Operating System.

After viewing the film, it is clear this film was necessary, yet it should have been much better. The film is quite irritating, as much of the time everything you see and hear is being force-fed to the audience. It’s almost as though the filmmakers expect those in attendance to have no idea who Jobs was or what he did. In addition, the picture is very frenetic and has the feeling of being rushed. The portrayal of Jobs by Ashton Kutcher was clearly one of the weak links. Kutcher may have done an admirable job; however, there were countless choices out there that would have been better for the role. Seeing Kutcher and his performance was extremely distracting, as I kept having my mind wander into the thought that this was a rather lengthy episode of Punk’d. I kept waiting for the punch line that never came.

All that being said, the film is entertaining and doesn’t make you feel like you are wasting your time. Most of the critical events in Jobs’ life are provided within the film, but there is simply nothing served up for you with any spice. Unlike the real Steve Jobs, this film is really pretty bland.


Starring: Ashton Kutcher

and Josh Gad

Director: Joshua Michael Stern

Company: Open Road Films

Now Showing: In Local Area 


MPAA Rating: PG-13

Grade: B-