"Jobs" Movie Review: 2 Stars
by Michael Phillips
Here's what we know from "Jobs," the first and, with luck, the lamer of the two biopics (
But Kutcher is everything except interesting. And the script by
On the other hand, the Jobs we meet here was a greedy, conniving man of capitalism, throwing his early colleagues under the bus without any stock options. He took a few too many years to even acknowledge the existence of his daughter. He lived for work, and not for life, or other people. He was, in other words, like the Frank Loesser lyric from "How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying," the one about resigning others to "bask in the glow of his perfectly understandable neglect."
That's about 10 minutes' worth out of the 127 in "Jobs," most of which is honorific pap prone to cliche. We're shown the origin story, the start in the Jobs family garage (
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 takes turns sloganing one another to death. "We gotta risk everything!" "We gotta make Apple cool again!" We know Jobs said a lot of these things. But what would he have made of this cautious movie? He probably would've liked looking like the smartest, most driven, most divinely inspired visionary on the planet. But he probably would've preferred being vital -- a techno-maniacal personality imagined with a dash of skepticism, a la "The Social Network."
"Jobs" Movie Trailer
The extraordinary story of Steve Jobs, the original innovator and ground-breaking entrepreneur who let nothing stand in the way of greatness. The film tells the epic and turbulent story of Jobs as he blazed a trail that changed technology.
MPAA rating: PG-13 (for some drug content and brief strong language).
Running time: 2:07.
Credits: Directed by
Article: Copyright © 2013 Tribune Media Services, Inc.
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