'jOBS' Meta-Review: How Good Was The Steve Jobs Biopic With Ashton Kutcher And Josh Gad? [REVIEW]
"jOBS," the Steve Jobs biopic led by Ashton Kutcher and Josh Gad, premiered at Sundance 2013 this past weekend. We've compiled some of the reviews so you can judge how good -- or atrocious -- this movie was.
Gizmodo thought it was a pretty entertaining movie and Gad was the star.
"Josh Gad deserves to be awarded for his part in playing Steve Wozniak. Michael Stern told us afterward that he believed the story was about Jobs, yet Wozniak was the heart of the film. The cast was a mix of well-known and not well-known actors and actresses. The cinematography was great, with only a few slow motion scenes that I didn't feel were needed. The typefaces used for the credits were simple and to the point. The score was well created and not overly distracting. By the wrap-up, I not only felt satisfied, but apparently the audience did as well; clapping up a storm and eager to ask questions.
"I highly recommend you see 'jOBS' if you are wanting a well-made independent film about a man that changed the world and influenced generations to come. I left the film with a satisfied audience and felt proud of the experience we had. Overall, I give the film a four out of five stars. Go see this film!"
The Verge lauded Ashton Kutcher for his portrayal of Steve Jobs, but admitted some of his performance wasn't good.
"It's Jobs the businessman where Kutcher delivers a surprisingly effective performance. When Jobs first negotiates with Paul Terrell over stocking the Apple I, there's drive but clear inexperience with such situations. Later when he negotiates with Mike Markkula (Dermot Mulroney), Apple's first major investor, Jobs is more self-assured and business-savvy. By the time Apple is preparing to go public, we see Jobs has fully transformed into a ruthless businessman. Kutcher plays Jobs with no remorse as he denies Daniel Kottke -- one of his oldest friends and earliest employees of Apple -- any stock options in the company because "any low grade technician can do his job ... Kutcher's portrayal of Jobs as the emotional, however isn't quite up to par. When Kutcher tears up, or chokes on his words, it never feels right or convincing. Some of that blame goes to Kutcher. Some of the blame goes to the script, which at times is too blunt and obvious to the point of being awkward. [At one point, Jobs blurts out to Woz "I need my independence" emphasizing that he doesn't work well with others -- something we've been shown more elegantly in every other scene of the movie.] It's also the original score, however, which adds to the heavy-handedness. At times, Jobs tries too hard to sell a dramatic moment instead of just letting it happen. It doesn't work, and it just comes across as awkward."
Indiewire compared it to "The Social Network," the Academy Award nominated film directed by David Fincher and starring Jesse Eisenberg and Andrew Garfield.
"As a whole, the movie inevitably suffers from comparison to 'The Social Network,' another recent biopic about cutthroat tech innovators that's superior in every way. The David Fincher-directed movie burrowed inside the essence of competitive young brilliance and triumphantly explored how inspired minds engage in endless competition. 'jOBS' renders the same forces through the Apple founder's ongoing persistence without a modicum of depth. 'We gotta risk everything,' Jobs tells his team early on. The movie could have taken that advice; the problem with 'jOBS' is that it plays too safe."
The Next Web also praised Kutcher, writing he was "quite capable" and "it's a fantastic, if not wholly factually accurate, performance by Kutcher." But their analysis of the film's accuracy was more critical.
"There will be those who will attack the accuracy of the film, and there are plenty of chances to do so. Significant swaths of technical development of the Macintosh and Lisa computers are simply not present, like the visit to Xerox Parc and subsequent licensing of the technology that Jobs saw there. Subsequently, the roles of some people, like Jeff Raskin, in the development of the Mac are significantly altered and bent away from reality. Key members of the Mac team like Andy Hertzfeld and Burell Smith are essentially cameos."
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