It's one thing being the highest-paid sitcom star on TV, another for Charlie Sheen's replacement on Two and a Half Men to find the gravitas to play a computer-and-marketing visionary pursued by personal and professional demons. Kutcher nails the genius and narcissism. It's a quietly dazzling performance.
As a movie, Jobs is a decidedly mixed bag. Director Joshua Michael Stern (Swing Vote) and newbie screenwriter Matt Whiteley check off boxes in Jobs' life like they're connecting the dots. Oddly, the film doesn't include Jobs' 2011 death from pancreatic cancer at 56. The film kicks off in 2001 (Jobs intro'ing the iPod) and works back to his career start. It's as if Kutcher were starring in the thinking man's version of That '70s Show.