I like Ashton Kutcher. He was hilarious in "The 70's Show," and I also enjoyed him in "Dude, Where's My Car?" and "What Happens in Vegas." A lot. He didn't reignite "Two & a Half Men" the way I had hoped, however, and his forays into dramatic acting have typically come up short. So, I never really had high hopes for "Jobs," his first dramatic role in years, playing the later Steve Jobs.
That said, some of his best dramatic acting may have come at the 2013 "Teen Choice Awards." His acceptance speech, for the "Ultimate Choice Award," has gone viral, scoring upwards of 2.6 million views. See it here (along with some major, over-the-top kudos):
Again, I like Kutcher, and have no doubt that he is a hard-worker and that he means what he says. But, wake up America: He has a movie coming out...FRIDAY. And it's about Steve Jobs, one of the hardest-working innovators in American history. Was Kutcher still in character? Nah. Was he told what to say? No way. The award, however, just might have been going to Adam Sandler or Justin Timberlake until the powers-that-be at Viacom realized giving it to Kutcher five days before "Jobs" hits theaters would no doubt double audience-attendance. The film was looking at #4 or 5 at the box office 'til this. I bet it's #2 now (behind "Kick-Ass 2"), but that's just the film buff in me taking a guess.
I think "Jobs" is going to be good, largely due to the story itself, the man Kutcher is playing. The acting will be so-so, not even coming close to eclipsing the performance "Chris" gave Sunday night.