Andy Hertzfeld, one of the key designers of the original Macintosh system software, has told Re/code that the Sorkins/Boyle movie Steve Jobs “deviates from reality everywhere” but “exposes deeper truths” about the man.
It deviates from reality everywhere — almost nothing in it is like it really happened — but ultimately that doesn’t matter that much. The purpose of the film is to entertain, inspire and move the audience, not to portray reality. It is cavalier about the facts but aspires to explore and expose the deeper truths behind Steve’s unusual personality and behavior, and it often but not always succeeds at that.
Hertzfeld said that Sorkin had convinced him that an impressionistic approach was valid …
[Sorkin] asked me how Steve would react to a specific situation, involving the speech demo failing. I pointed out that it didn’t happen in reality, and we had a lengthy discussion about artistic license, about how okay it is to diverge from reality. Basically, he convinced me it was not a documentary, so veracity is secondary to artistic considerations, and “it’s a painting, not a photograph.
He said that while it was difficult for him to judge the movie as he was so close to it all, he described it as “brilliantly written and performed, and full of humor and feeling.”
Sorkin yesterday revealed that it had taken him two months to come up with the idea of the three act structure used in the movie, and he hadn’t expected the studio to approve it, but they actually took just minutes to do so.
Steve Wozniak has also said that while the details may not be accurate, he “felt like he was actually watching Steve Jobs.” Critics praised the movie, which got its debut screening earlier this month. Steve Jobs goes on general release on October 9th – with a two-minute trailer whetting our appetite in the meantime.