In today's Washington Times, Senior Editor Peter Suderman takes on the first-out-the-gate Steve Jobs biopic, Jobs, which casts Ashton Kutcher in the title role:
Over and over again, as I watched “Jobs,” the new biopic about the founder of Apple, I was reminded of the company’s immense influence on technology, the economy and especially my own life.
Sadly, this was not because of the movie, but because of the iPhone I kept discreetly checking the time on in order to see how long before the film’s ending — which couldn’t come soon enough.
At best, “Jobs” is a tasteful TV movie of the week, bland but competent, inoffensive but inherently forgettable. At worst, it’s a superficial, lackluster gloss on a man whose life deserves far better treatment, and far more scrutiny.
The movie, which stars Ashton Kutcher in the title role, seems content to recount the well-known highlights from Steve Jobs’ extraordinary life. But it adds nothing in the process, and ultimately ends in a failure of nerve.