Josh Gad (left) and Ashton Kutcher and in a scene from the movie Jobs.
Josh Gad (left) and Ashton Kutcher and in a scene from the movie Jobs. Glen Wilson

Movie review: Jobs

STEVE Jobs was intriguing, inspiring and thought outside the box.

He strived to be different and create products that were better than anything on the market.

His determination cost him a few friends, but he was more concerned about bringing his vision to reality than his personal life.

If this film was an Apple product, it would have fallen far short of Jobs' expectations.

'Jobs' brought his character and story to life but didn't capture that unique quality which Steve Jobs always tried to create for his products.

Ashton Kutcher was sufficient in the title role but I wasn't convinced he portrayed the true essence of Steve Jobs.

The real star was Josh Gad, who played an impressive and more believable Steve Wozniak - Jobs' long-time friend and Apple co-founder.

'Jobs' is a slightly melodramatic homage to the late inventor, entrepreneur and CEO of Apple.

The film focuses on Apple's early years and on Jobs' tumultuous career during the 1970s and 1980s.

It begins with Jobs as a college dropout who had brilliantly efficient ideas, and follows him as he turns those ideas into tangible products with help from friends and colleagues.

He starts his spiritual journey in India, or as the film suggests, with drugs.

But it's unclear as to why Jobs was so detached from reality.

I wish more emphasis was placed on why he was so motivated do things differently, what he learned and what his ultimate goals were.

It ultimately fails to leave the kind of impression that Steve Jobs did through his works and deeds, but it was still a pretty engaging film.

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  • Stars: Ashton Kutcher, Josh Gad, Dermot Mulroney, J.K. Simmons
  • Director: Joshua Michael Stern
  • Rating: M
  • Verdict: Two and a half out of five stars
  • In cinemas August 29