The movie is written by Aaron Sorkin and directed by David Fincher. If you don't know, it's about Mark Zuckerberg and the creation of the phenomena, Facebook.com. Jesse Eisenberg plays Zuckerberg, the Harvard dropout that was just voted Time Magazine's "Person of the Year". Pretty incredible considering the unbelievable growth of Facebook. The film also stars Andrew Garfield and Justin Timberlake, who play the real life people who helped get the site off the ground. The film also stars Armie Hammer, who plays the Winklevoss twins. He plays dual roles; Cameron and Tyler, who sue Zuckerberg, accusing him of stealing their idea for Facebook.
What I liked about the film:
Se7en, The Game, Fight Club, Panic Room, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, the future Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, and of course The Social Network. Wow, that is an amazing, and very underrated, resume! He does a lot of things perfectly in this film. The casting, the wardrobe of its time, the locations, and the score are all wonderful.
What I didn't liked about the film:
It's exactly as the heading says. The film is about 20-25 minutes too long. 90% of the film is fast paced and keeps the audience interested. But there is a stretch in the middle act that just would NOT end. Also, there are several scenes that didn't need to be there. They added nothing to the story, and were pretty much covered earlier in the film.
The last time I listed an actor as a "dislike" was my review for The Karate Kid. In that case Taraji P. Henson almost ruined the film for me. In this film, Justin Timberlake is the culprit. I hated every SINGLE thing about his performance. He plays Sean Parker, the founder of the song stealing site, Napster.com. Supposedly he "earned" the part. B-S, he got the part because the producers hoped to add a "big name" to the mostly unknown cast. He's terrible and I hate his acting, period.
The (Two-Disc Collector's Edition) Blu-Ray of the film has a bunch of goodies. Two audio commentaries; one with writer Sorkin, the other features director Fincher and the rest of the cast. Also included is "How Did They Ever Make a Movie of Facebook?", a feature length documentary about the development of Facebook. Also included are features with Trent Reznor who scored the film, and a few scene by scene breakdowns from the film.
The film is among the best I've seen in a long long time. But strictly speaking in terms of my vote for Oscars, it wasn't as good as The Fighter. I'm going to go out on a limb and say Inception & Toy Story 3 were better as well. Not to fear, all four will be nominated and I'm sure one of them will win Best Picture.
Facebook has so quickly become embedded in our culture and our daily lives. The fact that the events portrayed in the film occurred only 7 short years ago is pretty amazing in and of itself. I hope this sparks a new line of films that happened in my lifetime. War movies will always work, but these work just as well. We'll see if I'm still blogging in 10 years, I'll have to look back at this post and see what the next Facebook will be.... as if anything could ever replace Facebook!