Premiering with a big splash at the Telluride Film Festival, there was asterisk beside the debut of “Steve Jobs“: it was presented as a “work-in-progess.” Given the rapturous reviews (including our own), director Danny Boyle didn’t have much tinkering to do, but when asked by Cinema Blend what he need to fix before the movie hit the New York Film Festival, and in advance of opening in limited release this weekend, he revealed it was all about finding the right bit of humanity in the prickly Apple titan.
“We’ve been doing a little bit of work on the very, very end because there’s a redemptive quality at the end, which is very important to [the film],” the director said. “When he can acknowledge that towards his daughter, who you seen how he’s behaved to her earlier on in her life, it’s a moment when he achieves true reconciliation and a true moment of grace. And it was how much we emphasized that, either in a triumphant way or actually in a slightly more personal way. And we moved it slightly more towards the personal and less public.”
Given that current Apple CEO Tim Cook and Jobs’ widow Laurene Jobs had serious concerns about the portrayal of Steve Jobs, they might perhaps be comforted in knowing that the goal wasn’t just to create a portrait of a Mensa-level monster. Rather, the filmmakers wanted to get to the much more complex heart of the man.
“Steve Jobs” opens today and goes wide on October 23rd. Below, check out a couple new TV spots and Conan O’Brien’s spoof, “Michael Dell.”