/// Ashton Kutcher on "Jobs": "I Loved a Man I Never Knew"
There’s no question that the always likable Ashton Kutcher is very earnest about his new movie, “Jobs,” in which he plays Apple legend Steve Jobs. And there’s also no question that among a lot of pontificating types from Hollywood, the actor is the real deal when it comes to understanding the entrepreneurial culture of Silicon Valley — he’s an active and interested investor in a range of startups, both personally and through his investing arm, including in Uber, Airbnb, Foursquare and Spotify. But here’s the thing: Despite a very valiant effort — including nailing many of Jobs’s mannerisms, especially his shuffling walk and smirky smile — Kutcher’s portrayal in the movie comes up short in lots of ways. (By the way, my elder son, Louie, who met Jobs several times, told Kutcher at the movie premiere that he “nailed the height thing,” a critique that the actor took well, considering …) Actually, the problems with “Jobs” are mostly related to the script of the film, which is rife with factual and timeline errors both niggling and significant, but mostly because it misses the passion and heart of its main subject in a rushed attempt to move forward a massive narrative. To be fair, it’s probably impossible for anyone to get their arms perfectly around the larger-than-life story of Jobs, whose myriad adventures, outsized personality, huge accomplishments — and, later, tragic end — has about 23 fantastic movies in it. Still, critics have largely panned “Jobs” — sometimes with unattractive glee in attacking Kutcher — but Robert X. Cringely pretty much gets it right, fairly noting: The film is beautifully shot and Kutcher’s portrayal of Jobs, while not spot-on, is pretty darned good. He certainly has the look down and the walk. But Ashton Kutcher also produced this film and he’s definitely a better actor than producer … what we have here is a TV movie (think “Pirates of Silicon Valley”) with a feature budget — hence the great cinematography — yet without a soul.
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Ashton Kutcher on "Jobs": "I Loved a Man I Never Knew"