What’s the Buzz on the Steve Jobs Film?
This weekend, the first of two feature films based on the life of Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) co-founder Steve Jobs hits theaters. Jobs – starring Ashton Kutcher as Steve Jobs and Josh Gad as Apple’s other co-founder, Steve Wozniak – was chosen as the 2013 Sundance Film Festival closing night film in January before arriving in theaters this week. The film is directed by Joshua Michael Stern and was made on an independent budget of about $8.5 million.
However, the film is not getting the kind of buzz its filmmakers and actors had hoped for, nor is it hitting any home runs with critics. Mark Olsen of the Los Angeles Times wrote in his review that “Jobs feels curiously out of touch with its subject, both as a man and regarding his impact,” and Michael Phillips of the Chicago Tribune said, ”Kutcher is everything except interesting.” While Rotten Tomatoes only shows 24 reviews as of this writing, the film holds a 29 percent “Fresh” rating.