JOBS (Universal/Remstar, 2013) D: Joshua Michael Stern, w/ Ashton Kutcher, Josh Gad. Rating: N; DVD package: N Rating: N
However interesting Apple founder Steve Jobs the man might have been, Jobs the movie bites the dead donkey.
The story lurches episodically from Jobs's pre-Apple hippie days through the company's startup in his parents' garage (the best sequence), its rise, Jobs's boardroom battles, his eventual ouster and return, and climaxes with the introduction of the iPod.
From beginning to end, Jobs is all hero shots and anthemic rock (with occasional teary tinkling), its jock-movie triumphalism geared to the under-12 set.
But catch the man we're supposed to adore. This Steve Jobs (Ashton Kutcher) is mean-spirited and self-centred, only relating to people insofar as they serve his interests. He sees the commercial potential in somebody else's invention, realizes the general public wants user-friendly computers and keeps the company geniuses working hard by feeding their own dreams back to them in marketing-speak. We see him do no inventing.
Kutcher catches Jobs's tics, notably his dorky walk, but never gives a sense of an actual human being inside the mannerisms.
In keeping with the spirit of the movie, the making-of doc is a content-free two-minute promo.
EXTRAS Making-of doc. English, French audio and subtitles.