Leon van Nierop
1 minute read
18 Oct 2013
7:00 am

Jobs is a show of poor workmanship

Leon van Nierop

Ashton Kutcher may be the highest paid sitcom actor in the world, but unfortunately he is not a good dramatic actor. So Kutcher is one of the main reasons why this brave tribute to a genius fails to get off the ground.

The story of one of Steve Jobs, the greatest entrepreneurs, dreamers and masterminds of the 20th Century is well-known. An informative biography and several documentaries have given access to parts of this man who was feared, loved, respected and often disliked by his opponents.

That mad, glint in his eyes and endless energy turned him into a modern superman who managed to revolutionise computers. But it was his obnoxious personality, eccentricities, powerful intellect and unwillingness to suffer fools gladly that actually defined him.

As Jobs makes his famous speech about following dreams as he unveils the iPod in the beginning of the film, director Joshua Michael Stern almost convinces the viewer that Kutcher could play Jobs. But cut to a younger Steve Jobs and out pops the sitcom superstar. Kutcher doesn’t look like Jobs, and his famous face actually counts against him.

Jobs also only manages to address about 20% of what Steve Jobs achieved and who he was, let alone introduce us to the way a genius thinks and operates. And his infamous rejection of his daughter, who he later accepted, is skimmed over in one or two glossy, soap opera-style scenes. So Jobs the human being remains aloof and in the background.

This movie may succeed, but only in convincing you to read Jobs’ biography or watch documentaries about him in order to get the full story.