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Danny Boyle’s lat­est ifilm Steve Jobs pro­vides the Ap­ple for our beady, beady eyes.

DAVID FINCHER jumped ship; it looked wor­ry­ingly sim­i­lar to a cer­tain Ashton Kutcher film; Michael Fass­ben­der didn’t much re­sem­ble the man he was play­ing. Yet any­one who skipped Danny Boyle’s ex­am­i­na­tion of Ap­ple’s great vi­sion­ary be­cause of those early fears missed a ki­netic, op­er­atic tale about an icon­o­clast who, for all his flaws, re­ally did put “a dent in the uni­verse”.

Cov­er­ing just 14 years in three acts, Steve Jobs isn’t a con­ven­tional biopic. Yet Boyle brings Sorkin’s script to life with great imag­i­na­tion, while there are out­stand­ing per­for­mances from Fass­ben­der, Kate Winslet and Seth Ro­gen. Fass­ben­der, in par­tic­u­lar, is com­mand­ing at all times, whether pac­ing around a stage, fret­ting about his next big prod­uct launch, or deal­ing with more in­ti­mate dra­mas in a green­room. Whether you’re a tech junkie or not, the drama here is fan­tas­ti­cally en­ter­tain­ing, both a paean to a ge­nius and a cas­ti­ga­tion of what one of Jobs’ long-suf­fer­ing col­leagues called an “as­sa­holic”.

“His­to­ri­ans tell you what hap­pened, drama­tists tell you what it felt like,” says Boyle in the ex­tras. “The only thing that re­ally hap­pened is they couldn’t get the com­puter to say, ‘Hello,’” Sorkin ad­mits in his com­men­tary with edi­tor El­liot Gra­ham, which is less cap­ti­vat­ing than the one in which Boyle flies solo. All three, plus the cast, are on hand for 45-minute ‘mak­ing of’ In­side Jobs, and while deleted scenes men­tioned by Boyle are miss­ing, the back­ground de­tail here is plen­ti­ful.

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