The Steve Jobs biopic, titled Jobs and featuring Ashton Kutcher as the late former Apple CEO, premiered at the Sundance Film Festival. This is in advance of its nationwide screening, which is set for April 19th. Reviews from various sites have been published, and it’s looking like reactions are pretty mixed.
The Next Web and The Verge thought the film was pretty decent, but not much more than that. The film was supposedly playing it safe, and its budgetary constraints were apparently noticeable. CNET lies on the other spectrum, calling the film shallow and saccharine. Speaking of not being much of a fan of the movie, Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak was actually offered to contribute to the film, but turned it down after reading the script. “I was approached early on. I read a script as far as I could stomach it and felt it was crap.”
What’s interesting is that Wozniak’s hate on the film seems to be limited to the script. “I still told everyone that I thought the Jobs movie would be a big hit and I looked forward to it. I felt they did a very good job of casting, looking for good actors who could play the roles,” Wozniak said.
Sony Pictures, which is producing another Steve Jobs film that is being penned by Aaron Sorkin, who recently (successfully) made a film on Facebook with The Social Network, also contacted Steve Wozniak — and he chose to go with them instead. Whether that’s a sign of which movie will ultimately turn out better, we won’t really know until both movies are out for everyone to see. Jobs is again set for April 19, while the Sorkin-led film is due sometime this year. In the meantime, check out a short clip from Jobs below! Spoiler alert: Ashton still looks and sounds like Ashton to me.