This biopic on the life of Steve Jobs is reasonably revelatory and entertaining, but could have packed more punch with a richer narrative.
With Ashton Kutcher playing the legendary tech entrepreneur Steve Jobs in this two-hour biopic (and doing a better-than-expected job at it), Jobs traces the birth of Apple computers in the Jobs family garage to its rise and fall before claiming the title of the world’s most valuable company in 2012.
In all honesty, how much viewers get out of this biopic is largely dependent on how well-informed they are about the man himself. For those in between, like myself, it was a decently revelatory watch about how Steve Jobs became Steve Jobs. Why, even though he wasn’t technically the technical whiz, he is the man solely credited with how we consume digital content. Because of his intuitive knowledge about human behavior, he made gadgets cool.
Perhaps the most fascinating part in this movie is watching a free spirit like Jobs clash with stiff-collared executives in the battlefield of the corporate boardroom. But while it’s morbidly fascinating to watch him shout his head off at his employees or throw a tantrum when business hits a brick wall, these are not particularly obscure traits. What would have been a more memorable watch would be richer dialogue, more inclusion of lesser-known facts and less one-dimensional supporting characters.