Review Roundup: Ashton Kutcher Stars in jOBS
jOBS, the biopic starring Ashton Kutcher as computer wiz Steve Jobs and Josh Gad as Steve Wozniak hits theaters today, August 16th.
Directed by Joshua Michael Stern, written by Matthew Whitely, shot by Oscar-winning cinematographer Russell Carpenter and produced by Mark Hulme, jOBS details the major moments and defining characters that influenced Steve Jobs on a daily basis from 1971 through 2000.
jOBS plunges into the depths of his character, creating an intense dialogue-driven story that is as much a sweeping epic as it is an immensely personal portrait of SteveJobs' life. The filmmakers were granted unprecedented access during shooting to the historic garage in Palo Alto, that served as the birthplace to Apple Inc.
Let's see what the critics have to say:
Manhola Dargis, New York Times: It would drive Steve Jobs nuts to know that the new movie about his life has all the sex appeal of a PowerPoint presentation...movie is inevitably unsatisfying, but never more so when the figure at the center remains as opaque as Jobs does here.
Mark Olsen, Los Angeles Times: 'Jobs' feels curiously out of touch with its subject, both as a man and regarding his impact. There was a time when the slack storytelling, stock characterizations and general by-the-numbers feeling of the film could be put into perspective by saying it seemed like a TV biopic. But even TV movies are done with more verve than this these days.
R. Kurt Osenlund, Slant Magazine: Jobs is excruciating, failing to entertain and all but pissing on its subject's grave.. [an] abysmal fact-based film, whose makers seem enamored with the concept of a Steve Jobs movie, but haven't anything close to the chops that are needed to pull it off.
Lou Lumenick, the New York Post: His performance, like the movie, is all surface...depiction of Apple's early years comes dangerously close to an infomercial... Jobs amounts to, at best, a Cliffs Notes version of the man's early life. If you want the real story, you'll have to read Walter Isaacson's fascinating 2011 biography, which would make a much better film than this.