Though it premiered at Telluride to strong reviews, Danny Boyle’s “Steve Jobs” film was labelled as a work in progress cut at the time and since then there’s been some tweaks to the film – most notably the ending. Speaking with Cinema Blend the other week, Boyle discussed the changes more in-depth and why they took place.
The film itself follows the late Apple co-founder behind the scenes of three different product launches. At the same time, a recurring subplot throughout involves his relationship with his daughter, Lisa, who he denies is his child in the beginning of the film. This lead to some adjustments to the film’s ending to better fit in with the film’s central theme of redemption:
“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 – Raymond Chandler said, ‘In any work of art, there is a quality of redemption. There always will be.’ And I think it’s very true that you go on a journey and you want some kind of sense of moving towards redemption.”
Boyle added that said tweaks were more adjustments to how Jobs finally achieved his ultimate redemption:
“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. So that was one of the things we were working on. So, it’s nuances like that rather than huge, kind of, ‘we’re cutting this character.’ You know, stuff like that.”
Michael Fassbender, Kate Winslet, Seth Rogen, Jeff Daniels, Michael Stuhlbarg, Katherine Waterston and Perla Haney-Jarine star in the film which opens in limited release Friday ahead of an expansion on October 23rd.