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‘Jobs’: Biting off the fruit of Apple’s labour

By Kevin HoMovies - 15 August 2013 12:24 PM | Updated 16 August 2013

‘Jobs’: Biting off the fruit of Apple’s labour

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Rating: 3 stars out of 5

We could give you one big motivational speech about how good this film really is.

Pair the inspirational words with climatic orchestral music and charismatic gusto, and you might easily believe what we say without giving it much thought.

We could do this repeatedly and you either get more convinced, or you get absolutely annoyed at the constant praise.

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The biopic reveals Apple's humble beginnings, home garage and all

 

There is certainly no belittling the impact that Apple products have had on the modern world, and how its gadgets have helped to inspire and shape a generation. And this film does not hesitate to remind the audience of this.

Granted, this is a biopic of Steve Jobs and a thorough depiction of Apple’s rise to the top is inevitable, so a good word or two is to be expected.

But after hearing the same speech for the umpteenth time from the people who work for the company which includes the hopeful investor, the confident marketing representative, the young starry-eyed designer, Apple’s co-founder Steve Wozniak and, of course, Steve Jobs himself, it’s hard not to feel jaded by the relentless ego trip.

Presenting a company that now sits on top of the world: Ashton Kutcher plays former Apple CEO Steve Jobs

It is a relief, therefore, when the film goes into its moodier, darker moments, revealing that even Jobs had skeletons of his own.

These snippets of uncommon knowledge is where the film becomes less of a documentary, and offers something more engaging. The portrayal of Jobs’ odd hygiene preferences, drug abuse, and deplorable people skills is fascinating to watch, a stunning reminder that Jobs was, like any human being, damaged and flawed.

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Ashton Kutcher's portrayal of Jobs is full of intense stares and mesmerising hair

 

The film generously illustrates that Jobs was not only a genius and a visionary, but a highly intimidating presence. And it is here where the spotlight falls on Ashton Kutcher, who plays the man.

Having built his career on being a prankster on ‘Punk’d’ and a slacker in ‘Dude, Where’s My Car’, Kutcher may not inspire confidence that he can pull this role off, but he does.

From his aptly groomed beard and spot-on walking style, which took Ashton three months to learn, he deftly   slips into character to play Jobs as the intelligent, eccentric man with the means to change the world.

Ashton Kutcher in possibly the most grown-up role of his career

Kutcher's portrayal of Jobs is a man who commands the screen, takes control of tense situations and stops cynics’ arguments in their tracks with his unwavering ambition. As the film progresses, there is a sense of a subtle tinge of tension and desperation that Kutcher does perfectly not to give away.

He probably won’t clinch an Oscar for his performance, but the actor will undoubtedly silence the sceptics.

You don’t need to be a fan of Kutcher, or even own an iPod, but once you take all the film’s self-praise with a pinch of salt, you’ll find yourself enlightened by the story of how a group of tech-geeks turned a hobby at home into the world’s most valuable company.

‘Jobs’ is now showing in cinemas