Steve Jobs Biopic: The World Premiere at Sundance Film Festival 2013 [Video]

The Sundance Film Festival “wrapped” at the weekend, with the announcement of this year’s awards, and the world premiere of the eagerly awaited jOBS, a biopic about Steve Jobs, the late founder of Apple.

“How can someone know what they want if they’ve never even seen it?” booms Ashton Kutcher, channelling the spirit of Steve Jobs in the new biopic of the late Apple founder and chief executive.

The independent biopicabout tech icon Steve Jobs premiered at the Sundance Film Festival this week, and the movie as well as Ashton Kutcher’s portrayal of the former Apple CEO generated mixed feelings on Twitter and in online reviews from Sundance attendees.

The movie features Kutcher, as Jobs, and Josh Gad as Steve Wozniak, Jobs’ hairy co-founder of Apple Computer, arguing about the possibilities of Wozniak’s recently developed operating system in what is presumably supposed to be the car-park of Hewlett Packard, where they both worked in the summer of 1970.

The movie received a lukewarm response from critics, but the Two and a Half Men star was roundly praised for “nailing” the late Apple co-founder’s mannerisms and “disappearing into the role”, writes Digital Spy.

Titled jOBS, the film debuted not long after Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak criticized a scene, going as far as to describe the personalities and moment as “totally wrong.”

However some critics say that “Kutcher has an advantage in the role with his passing resemblance to Jobs. He manages a fair imitation of Jobs’s speaking.”

Eric Kohn, the critic of Indiewire, said: “The movie is constantly at war with attempts to provide an honest portrayal, almost as if its subject were reaching beyond the grave to steer any negativity back in the direction of a hagiography.”

As the Telegraph reports the movie opens in 2001, with Jobs unveiling his masterpiece, the iPod, to tumultuous applause. We then travel back to 1971, where he’s a smelly, horny student at Reed College, Portland. An LSD trip reveals he was adopted.

A journey to India begins a process of enlightenment, teaching Jobs the importance of simplicity. After a stint as a technician at Atari, he teams up with his buddy, engineering wiz Steve Wozniak, and they found Apple computers.

An idea to combine a typewriter and TV comes to Jobs mind. The company takes off when Wozniak builds the Apple II computer.

After a bitter boardroom battle, Jobs loses his job, but returns, stronger than ever, with Apple teetering on the brink of insolvency.

He redirects the company’s design ethos, consolidates his power and sets Apple on the path that will eventually lead to the iPad and global domination.

The Joshua Michael Stern-directed film — not to be confused with the one Sony Pictures is creating based on Walter Isaacson’s biography of Jobs — will arrive in theaters on April 19.

Actually, Aaron Sorkin, the writer of The Social Network, is planning his own film about Jobs. It will focus on three scenes, each filmed in real time, and set in the minutes leading up to one of Apple’s major product launches.

The Sundance festival officially closed with its awards ceremony. Ryan Coolger’s Fruitvale won both the jury and audience awards for American drama.

In the international drama competitions, Muel O’s Jiseul won the jury prize and Sean Willis’s Metro Manila won the audience prize.

Of the documentaries, Steve Hoover’s Blood Brother won jury and audience awards in the American category.

In the international documentary section, Kalyanee Mam’s A River Changes Course won the jury prize, and Jehane Noujaim’s The Square won the audience award.

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