The new biopic film jOBS, first unveiled public audiences last Friday (16 August), has received average-to-negative reviews from its paying viewers and critics alike (with a 5.4 rating on IMDb, and a 26% ‘Tomatometer’ on Rotten Tomatoes), the Open Road Films production has received comment from someone who is in one of the best positions to tell if it is an accurate representation of real events.
Steve Wozniak, the co-founder of Apple alongside the subject of the film (Steve Jobs) responded to an original review of the new release on Gizmodo, writing his own unique views having both watched the film ‘been there’ for some of the key scenes. In his feedback, Wozniak (portrayed by Josh Gad on-screen) noted: “I saw the movie tonight. I thought the acting throughout was good. I was attentive and entertained but not greatly enough to recommend the movie.”
Speaking of the titular role portrayed by Ashton Kutcher, he continued to write: “I suspect a lot of what was wrong with the film came from Ashton’s own image of Jobs. Ashton made some disingenuous and wrong statements about me recently (including my supposedly having said that the ‘movie’ was bad, which was probably Ashton believing pop press headlines) and that I didn’t like the movie because I’m paid to consult on another one. These are examples of Ashton still being in character. Either film would have paid me to consult, but the Jobs one already had a script written. I can’t take that creative leadership from someone else. And I was turned off by the Jobs script. But I still hoped for a great movie.”
Summarising, Wozniak noted that the film had not been accurate beyond the level of ‘dramatization’ expected for a film, and that there was no financial reward for Apple employees in its early days as portrayed (instead receiving blocks of stock from Wozniak), but concluded that he was glad the tribute was made regardless, stating: “The movie ends pretty much where the great Jobs finally found product success (the iPod) and changed so many of our lives. I’m grateful to Steve for his excellence in the i-era, and his contribution to my own life of enjoying great products, but this movie portrays him having had those skills in earlier times.”