Steve Wozniak on 'Jobs': Entertained, But Not Enough to Recommend
Now playing in theaters everywhere in a full-on nationwide release is Joshua Michael Stern's Jobs, the first film about the late Steve Jobs starring Ashton Kutcher as the innovator. We first saw and reviewed the film at Sundance, saying "it's entertaining, Kutcher is outstanding, but otherwise lacks the many layers that Jobs obviously had." Now that it's in theaters, anyone interested has the chance to check it out. One person who saw it and commented on it is Steve Wozniak, the real "Woz" and co-founder of Apple, portrayed by Josh Gad in the film. He admits: "I was attentive and entertained but not greatly enough to recommend."
Wozniak says some interesting things in a brief review in the comments on Gizmodo. "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… I suspect a lot of what was wrong with the film came from Ashton's own image of Jobs." Ouch. He goes on to say Kutcher "made some disingenuous and wrong statements about me recently" which he claims was "Ashton still being in character." (Wait, what?) He also tells a story about how they got one part of the movie wrong because he helped cover some of the employees before Apple went public.
"As to compromising principles for money, I will add one detail left out of the film. When Apple decided not to reward early friends who helped, I gave them large blocks of my own stock. Because it was right. And I made it possible for 80 other employees to get some stock prior to the IPO so they could participate in the wealth. I felt bad for many people I know well who were portrayed wrongly in their interactions with Jobs and the company. 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."
Interesting. Interpreting that last sentence, it sounds like he's saying Steve Jobs wasn't the perfect innovator until he returned to Apple in 1996. However, the film portrays him as a genius all throughout his life, with the same "skills" to invent the early Macintosh in the 80's and takeover the world back in those days (before he was kicked out of his own company). As for other Steve Jobs movies down the line (like the Aaron Sorkin one we'll see one day), Wozniak says he is still involved in another one. Referring to Kutcher claiming that he didn't like this one because he wasn't paid to consult on it, he explains: "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." Alas, it wasn't that great.
For the full "review" of Jobs by Wozniak, head to Gizmodo. The film is now playing in theaters, so if you're curious to check it out and see if it's as good or as bad as everyone is saying, this is your chance. Thoughts?
Reader Feedback - 9 Comments
Mr Wozniak was being incredibly gracious with his comments about this turd of a movie.
cuckoozey on Aug 16, 2013
A boring actor chosen to play a boring person. How can you go wrong?
Chuckee Knowlton on Aug 17, 2013
boring person...ha 😀
dawko on Aug 17, 2013
He was a great businessman and probably and all-round nice guy. But who would want to watch a movie about him? I could be wrong because people seemed to love a certain movie about facebook which I will never understand.
Chuckee Knowlton on Aug 18, 2013
I'll give you that, he was an interesting person and the book was a great reading, but I don't think it was a good idea to make a movie about him, unless you had Fincher to direct 😀
dawko on Aug 18, 2013
Gad isn't bad at all
ColtNoir on Aug 17, 2013
The audio book by Walter Isaacson is a great listen, driving or walking dog. It bears repetition for the many sometimes humorous insights. In essence SJ was lucky he shared interests with woz in electronics and had complementary skills - a great salesman and strategist. Fortunately woz apple 2 computer allowed SJ to make so much money that even with his perverse focus on irrelevant design issues, desire to control everything and everyone he had so many bites at the cherry and had so many good ideas presented to him that he finally made a success by focussing on the important. He made a billion out of Pixar so was able to reinvent Apple by taking advantage of the small large capacity hard drives available on his return to the company. He overruled those who wanted HD installed in the Mac in the 80s!
Nick Salter on Aug 18, 2013
So you can only comment if you log in now? Lame.
Lego888 on Aug 18, 2013
You know this will be like The Greatest Story Ever Told to a certain demographic out there.
cobrazombie on Aug 19, 2013
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