Even though “Jobs” starts with the launch of the iPod in 2001, the story centers around Steve Jobs’ college years, his time spent at Atari, him launching Apple from a garage, then leaving the company in 1985 before returning in 1996 at the end of the movie. Briefly mentioned are the rivalry with Microsoft (in one scene) and the fact that for years Jobs refused to recognize his daughter. The biggest problem of “Jobs” is that writer Matt Whiteley never really digs below the surface. As a result this is more the story of the legend, not the man.
Ashton Kutcher does a decent enough job (ha!) but this Joshua Michael Stern-directed flick never rises above the level of your average TV movie. To be honest, I’m way more excited about that other Steve Jobs biopic that is in the making and which will be based on the man’s ultimate biography and comes with a screenplay by Aaron Sorkin (The Newsroom, The Social Network,…).
This one is a nice try but a bland movie is not exactly a fitting tribute to a man known for his sense of innovation and stylish design.