jOBS, the forthcoming film portraying the life of Apple founder Steve Jobs, will hit cinemas on 16 August, it has been announced.
Ashton Kutcher plays Jobs in the much-anticipated movie, and the physical likeness is uncanny. However, the film's depiction of the early years of Apple has been criticised as inaccurate by Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak. Speaking to Good Morning America, Wozniak said: "As far as the personalities that were in that scene [laughs], this was just ridiculous. Like Steve Jobs was some sort of 'oh my gosh, I'm the father of society, I've got the ideas that are gonna drive the-' No, he didn't act like that at all."
In response, the film's publicist insisted that jOBS "is not a documentary, nor is it meant to be a blow-by-blow, word-for-word account of all conversations and events… [it] is a feature film entertainment about one of the most important, creative and impactful people [in] our culture's history."
Jobs and Apple have been captured on film before, of course: this year's parody film iSteve has met with positive reviews, while ER star Noah Wyle famously played the Apple founder in the 1990s TV film Pirates of Silicon Valley. Wyle did his best but didn't wholly convince on the more negative aspects of Jobs' personality. A subject as complex as Steve Jobs deserves a 'warts and all' portrayal.
Here at Macworld we can't wait to see jOBS, even if a little poetic licence is taken with the details. Hollywood is having a love affair with technological founding myths at the moment, after the huge success of The Social Network, based on the early years of Facebook. That too was criticised by most of the principals as exaggerated and inaccurate, bringing to mind that wonderful quote from the Wayne/Stewart masterpiece The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance: "This is the West, Sir. When the legend becomes fact, print the legend."
Stay tuned for more updates on jOBS, and a review of the movie as soon as we get to see it.