jOBS (2013) Review

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Plot: The story of Steve Jobs’ ascension from college dropout into one of the most revered creative entrepreneurs of the 20th century.

To start, I – along with most others – really couldn’t see Ashton Kutcher playing Steve Jobs, one of the most brilliant minds of the 20th/21st century. Everything he does reminds me of his character Michael Kelso from “That 70’s Show”, however strangely enough his performance wasn’t so bad. Sure he’s not the most capable actor to fill Steven’s shoes, but he was just good enough dramatically to counter-balance a lackluster script, but I shall get to that later. Along Ashton was a nice ensemble cast, including the likes of Matthew Modine, J.K. Simmons, Dermot Mulroney, Lucas Haas, and Josh Gad, all portraying people from Steve’s life, lawyers, and people who worked with him throughout his career. Frankly I spent more time watching the supporting cast then I did paying attention to Steve Jobs, but as I said it was because of the script.

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The screenplay was written by a man named Matt Whiteley, whom has never written anything else. I will give praise to up and coming people who write a good screenplay even though it is their first, but it is pretty obvious this writer hasn’t ever written anything else. This would’ve been much better suited as a television mini-series, but that’s just my opinion. It felt like a lackluster television drama made for a network like Lifetime, the pacing was odd and the movie was usually uninteresting. Not to mention the overly dramatic way they portrayed Steve was a tad ridiculous, sure he had a tendency to overreact at things, but he wasn’t like that all of the time.

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The film was directed by Joshua Michael Stern, and he did a pretty good job keeping everything interesting as best as he could given the boring script. A nice score was used throughout featuring classic rock, which I really appreciated given the fact that classic rock is one of my favorite sub-genres of music.

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In conclusion, while I appreciated the directorial effort and the nice score, not to mention Ashton Kutcher’s more-decent-than-usual performance, “jOBS” was a thoroughly lackluster movie that would’ve been better off released for television. It wasn’t a horrible movie by far, but it wasn’t anything I would overly recommend either.

My Rating: 6.5/10

Thanks For Reading!

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