"The musicians play the instruments; I play the orchestra..."
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Steve Jobs truly revolutionised the technological landscape that we live in today, so it’s easy to imagine why creating a film about him may be met with initial hesitation.
Apple fanboys are notoriously some of the most dedicated users in the world. Known for queuing up round the corner just to get the latest release before anyone else, this attraction (and Apple’s attention to detail) have caused many people to leave the Steve Jobs project – including David Fincher (initially enrolled to direct the film), Christian Bale, Leo DiCaprio, Matt Damon, Ben Affleck and Bradley Cooper. In the end, it was down to Aaron Sorkin, Danny Boyle and Michael Fassbender to lead the parade.
Unlike previous films about Jobs (namely Ashton Kutcher’s biopic in 2013), this release focuses on three major keynotes in Jobs’ career (launch of the Macintosh, launch of NeXT and the launch of the iMac in 1998) with major plot points being introduced within the 40 minutes prior to the keynotes. As unrealistic as it may seem, many of the storylines are historically accurate (Sorkin hired Apple Co-Founder Steve Wozniak to aid with accuracy) and, as Sorkin and Boyle recalled many times during the film’s Press Conference, this release is a dramatization rather than a biopic.
Sorkin is known for his quick style, with long tracking shots and intense dialogue between characters. Jobs is no different, with Sorkin pulling off his master skill at writing, creating dialogue which is truly believable. This, mixed with Boyle’s creative directing (managing to mix actual scenes with stock footage and emotional visualisations in a way which many other directors could only dream of) makes…