The story of how Mark Zuckerberg created Facebook.
Directed by – David Fincher
Written by – Aaron Sorkin, Ben Mezrich
Starring – Jesse Eisenberg, Rooney Mara, Bryan Barter, Brenda Song, Dustin Fitzsimons, Armie Hammer, Joseph Mazzello, Patrick Mapel, Andrew Garfield, Max Minghella, Calvin Dean, Aria Noelle Curzon, Barry Livingston, Marybeth Massett, Denise Grayson, John Getz, Rashida Jones, Henry Roosevelt, David Selby, Josh Pence, Shelby Young, Malese Jow, Victor Z. Isaac, Abhi Sinha, Mark Saul, Cedric Sanders, Justin Timberlake, Dakota Johnson, Inger Tudor
I’m willing to bet that the actual story behind the creation of Facebook is about as interesting as an average Saturday night around my house. Every once in a while it’s a big party but usually it’s just me playing vids and watching TV. I don’t really recall anyone doing much work in this movie at all but I do remember everyone being real big dicks! Could these guys possibly be this slimy in real life? I don’t know for sure and probably never will. Actually, I could care less really. All I know is that Fincher and Sorkin have crafted an exciting movie with smart dialogue about a subject that would probably put most of us to sleep.
Jesse Eisenberg plays Mark Zuckerberg, co-creator of Facebook. While Mark is being sued left, right and center, we flash back to how Facebook came into being and how Mark wound up being sued by everyone in the first place. There still manages to be a lot of nerdy tech stuff going on and Eisneberg spends most of the movie talking so fast that it was hard to keep up sometimes. Partnering up with Zuckerberg is Eduardo Saverin (Andrew Garfield). If Mark is the one building Facebook than Eduardo is the one financially supporting the idea as well as the guy trying to put together the business plan. At least he is until Sean Parker (Justin Timberlake), the guy behind Napster, shows up. Eventually Eduardo is pushed out of the company and becomes one of the people suing Zuckerberg.
Just about everyone in the movie is portrayed as an asshole. Right at the start we watch as Zuckerberg destroys his relationship with Erica Albright (Rooney Mara) by acting like a total jerk. His character is now set up for the film as an egotistical smart-ass. When Sean Parker (Timberlake) shows up we’re treated to an even bigger asshole. Parker stomps around like he’s the king even though his big venture was Napster and we all know what kind of disaster that was. The only guy who isn’t trying desperately to crush someone else is Eduardo (Garfield). I just find it very hard to believe that everything is so one-sided when it comes to the characters. I just don’t think that you could survive that long being a dick to everyone around. Or maybe that’s why they’re rich and I’m not!
For all the back slapping this movie has gotten I didn’t find it that spectacular. It’s very good but the obvious liberties taken with the true story and the fact that most characters are obnoxious pricks made watching a little hard for me. Going by the films portrayal, Zuckerberg is a bastard who thinks so highly of himself that he should be passing out from lack of air. He’s completely loaded, crushed the one friend he had, lost the girl he loved by being an ass and apparently stole the entire concept of Facebook from someone else. I gotta respect what the end result is but it’s hard to enjoy a character that’s such a dick! Eduardo is the nice guy of the movie so it was a lot easier to watch him, although a little painful because you know what’s coming his way.
Yes it’s a great movie but I just didn’t get into it as much as others seem to have. There’s plenty of talking and thankfully the dialogue is very well done. Sometimes it zooms by a little quickly and I wound up missing a few moments. You gotta be on your toes to catch everything in this one. It may not be the most realistic portrayal of how Facebook came about but it’s certainly an entertaining version that everyone should enjoy.
Under the marquee – Will