Posted on 10/06/11 10:06 AM
The story of how Mark Zuckerberg(Jesse Eisenberg)together with his friends Eduardo Saverin(Andrew Garfield)and Dustin Moskovitz(Joseph Mazzello),built Facebook from a local Harvard thing, to todays worldwide phenomenon.More specifically the resulting cynicism,alienation of friends and lawsuits, that followed in the wake of its inception and development.
My opinion(contains spoilers!!)
There's no denying this is a good movie. It's a spot-on description of contemporary society. From the use of language,to how social media encroaches more and more on our social lives,and on our privacy.Not least because we let it, with our obsession for updated information about ourselves, our friends and family.
The emotional heart of this movie is clearly the relationship between Zuckerberg and Saverin. Best friends and allies, turned enemies,and opponents in a lawsuit.There's talk about the Winklevoss twins(Armie Hammer) being the most obnoxious in this movie. But in my opinion Sean Parker(Dustin Timberlake)takes the prize as he worms his way in between the two best friends,in order to ride the facebook train all the way to the bank.In fact despite some indications of Zuckerbergs humanity(his longing for his former girlfriend,and jealousy of Saverin being accepted into an exclusive fraternity), the only one that's remotely sympathetic here is Eduardo Saverin. I don't know if that was a conscious move on the part of Fincher and Sorkin,but it certainly seems that way.
As for the acting there's really nothing to complain about there.Eisenberg does well as a frenetic,yet sensitive genius.Timberlake plays Parker convincingly as a sleazy,moneygrabbing asshole. But first and foremost this movie belongs to Andrew Garfield,who infuses Saverin with a basic morale, and conveys his emotional turmoil,and the rollercoaster ride he experiences with great clarity.
So why didn't I grade this movie higher? It's hard to tell why,but one basic reason is a feeling afterwards that this movie wasn't necessary to see.It didn't change how I thought about facebook or social media.And although the story in itself is emblematic of our time,it didn't really make me feel anything other than maybe a bit sorry for Saverin's destiny.