As ShockYa’s Perri Nemiroff’s “Jobs” review explains, “Jobs” is a film that can be a little hard to like unless you love learning about the beginnings of Apple. It would seem that a lot of critics are somewhere around that mindset.
“I thought the acting throughout was good. I was attentive and entertained but not greatly enough to recommend the movie,” he wrote. “One friend who is in the movie said he didn’t want to watch fiction so he wasn’t interested in seeing it. I suspect a lot of what was wrong with the film came from Ashton’s own image of Jobs.”
Wozniak also vents his irritation at Kutcher himself. “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,” he said. “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.”
Wozinak also talked about one thing that was left out of the film.
“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,” he said. “And I made it possible for 80 other employees to get some stock prior to the IPO so they could participate in the wealth.”
Wozniak also said he felt bad about people he knows who were portrayed erroneously in their relationship with Jobs and Apple. He also said that the movie exaggerates Jobs’ skill. “The movie ends pretty much where the great Jobs finally found product success (the iPod) and changed so many of our lives,” he said. “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.”
You can read Wozniak’s statements in full at Gizmodo.