In theory, it should be an interesting film. Few people have been as lauded in the past decade as Steve Jobs. A visionary, a creative genius, and a revolutionary: he was all of these things and more to legions of loyal Apple fans. Unfortunately the Jobs biopic, featuring Ashton Kutcher as the tech leader, doesn’t do the man any favors.
Jobs focuses on his college beginnings, the founding of Apple with Steve Wozniak (portrayed smartly by Josh Gad) and his difficult relationship with the company. A true biography of Jobs it isn’t. Instead it focuses on his ruthless devotion to his products and his lack of humanity. Clearly, Steve Jobs was far more complex than the film depicts. They only hint at these issues instead of actually exploring them.
While it is well documented that Jobs could, to put it gently, be difficult to work with, Kutcher portrays him like a clown. The first half of the filming he’s little more than a California Patrick Bateman while the final portion of the film paints him as a hunched-over creepy guy, wandering the halls at Apple and calculating revenge. The story itself is limited and edited so much, even for a two hour long film, that it skips major points and is unclear for those unfamiliar with Jobs’ professional life. What could have been a decent film on a popular person leaves you wanting.