We haven’t heard much about Ashton Kutcher’s Jobs after it premiered to lackluster reviews at Sundance, but now we finally have the much anticipated first trailer for the controversial film.
When it was first announced that Ashton Kutcher would portray Steve Jobs, it wasn’t a complete no-brainer for us. While the actor resembles a younger Jobs in an uncanny way, we weren’t sure if he could step into the shoes of a guy that has inspired so many people with his imaginative mind.
The official synopsis for Ashton Kutcher’s Jobs is as follows:
“Jobs details the major moments and defining characters that influenced Steve Jobs on a daily basis from 1971 through 2000. jOBS plunges into the depths of his character, creating an intense dialogue-driven story that is as much a sweeping epic as it is an immensely personal portrait of Steve Jobs’ life.”
One look at the trailer, and it proves to be light years away from the first glimpse we got to see of Kutcher as Steve Jobs opposite Josh Gad’s Woz. While it can be argued that the trailer can easily be a product of editing magic, despite the film’s poor reviews, Kutcher’s performance has been receiving unlikely praise from all of his former naysayers. In fact, it’s Kutcher’s performance that has been the only thing to earn consistent praise for Jobs.
Some people suggested that Kutcher might be too hammy to be taken seriously, but going by the trailer, what works for Kutcher is his youthful energy as Jobs. In half of the trailer we see Jobs building Apple from the ground up, and his energetic spirit, which was the driving force behind his innovation seems to be a truly engaging performance on Kutcher’s part.
While it’s Oscar chances might be hurt from poor reviews, we’re hoping the experience at the Sundance Film Festival gave director Joshua Michael Stern (Swing Vote), a chance to revise the film and figure out some of the problems with the script that was considered bloated in some areas.
Although the trailer makes Jobs look like it’s in tip top shape, they’re still not out of the woods yet. Upon seeing a clip of Kutcher alongside Josh Gad, who plays Woz, the real Steve Wozniak commented on the film’s inaccuracies right before it premiered at Sundance. Support by people closely connected with Steve Jobs does help a film’s chances of making it easier for the Academy, but then again there is that saying that any press is good press.
Jobs originally was scheduled for an original release date in April, but now it looks like Open Road Films has given the Kutcher-driven film an Oscar-friendly release date of August 16.
Who knew the words Ashton Kutcher and Oscar would ever be in the same sentence?