(The original title was "jOBS.") This bio-pic details the corporate life of Steve Jobs, the legendary entrepreneur who founded the Apple conglomerate. The more we scrutinize his life, the more we love him AND hate him.
- * Ashton Kutcher ("New Year's Eve") as Steve Jobs, college dropout, social misfit, brilliant strategist and ruthless businessman. This doesn't gloss over his personal failings or his intractability; it does touch on his lack of personal hygiene...smile...
- * Dermot Mulroney ("Jolene") is Mike Markkula, the first venture capitalist to take a chance on Jobs (please see my review of "Something Ventured).
- * Josh Gad ("Love and Other Drugs") is Steve Wozniak, one of the original garage gang who shared Jobs' dream. His departure is wrenching.
- * Lukas Haas ("Lincoln" and he was the little Amish boy in "Witness") is Daniel Kottke, the long-time friend who did drugs with Jobs during their Reed College days and went to India with him.
- * Matthew Modine ("The Dark Knight Rises") is John Sculley, recruited by Jobs to bring a friendly face into the board room.
- * John Getz ("Blood Simple") is Paul, Steve's father, whose garage workroom they used to build their first 500 circuit boards.
- * J.K. Simmons ("The Words") one of Hollywood's premier utility players, portrays Arthur Rock, the practical rock in the path of our impractical protagonist.
This is rated PG-13, so you can expect mild profanity and some drug use; but be prepared for a LOT of corporate shenanigans and power plays as Jobs is fired by his own hand-picked board. This does NOT probe into his foray into movie making (i.e. Pixar), his health problems, nor his marital situation. What DO we see is a brilliant, complex man portrayed by an actor who surprised me in every frame