Clip from the film Jobs
Jobs is the incredibly powerful and true story of the visionary Steve Jobs who set out to change the world, and did.PT1M2S http://www.canberratimes.com.au/action/externalEmbeddedPlayer?id=d-2dax3 620 349 January 25, 2013
As the Sundance Film Festival continues to see the hottest independent releases for the year do battle with their merry attention-grabbing jigs, one of the hottest properties in the snow-bound town is JOBS (formerly jOBS - the small 'j' didn't compute), the Steve Jobs biopic directed by Joshua Michael Stern.
Ahead of the film's first showing at the festival, the distributors have released a clip from the film, featuring Ashton Kutcher as Jobs, a role which has until now been judged entirely on comparative photos.
The thing is, if you approached this clip, the first footage we've seen from JOBS, WITHOUT knowing it was meant to be Steve Jobs, you could be forgiven for thinking it was a video of Kutcher (or possibly his Two and a Half Men character Walden) harassing some guy in a present day car park.
Ashton or acting? ... JOBS
It doesn't help that their authentic - and I'm sure time-consumingly researched - costuming looks a lot like it could be worn confidently in today's hipster-informed universe. The same goes for the, and I use this term loosely, hair cuts.
Sure, they're talking about the first Apple OS, and to the finely tuned technical ear, the terms are dated, but it isn't until the final, admittedly well scripted, dialogue below that the penny truly drops:
Steve Wozniak: You're over reacting. Even if you were developing this for freaks like us, and I doubt you are. Nobody wants to buy a computer. Nobody!
Steve Jobs: How does somebody know what they want if they've never even seen it?"
Then again, it could be argued in the age of tablets, nobody does want a computer!
Still, there's no doubting the energy and enthusiasm Kutcher brings to the scene, nor the facial hair contributed by Wozniak, a.k.a. Woz, played by Josh Gad who appeared in the Broadway smash The Book of Mormon and can be seen on The Comedy Channel currently in 1600 Penn.
Perhaps he's hoping to play a wookiee in J.J. Abrams new project?
Come Monday the reviews will be in, and we'll know if the performance is more Kutcher than Jobs or if Ashton will have made the leap to genuine character actor.
JOBS releases in Australia on June 13.