The Winklevoss twins and Narendra: Hero Antagonists who were unjustly wronged by unethical business practices, or are they sore losers filing a Frivolous Lawsuit out of revenge for being legitimately outsmarted?
After the boat race scene, Tyler talks about how it is unfair to lose a race because they showed up on a Monday for a race run a Sunday. But considering their prestigious background and rich family, they were already winning the race ever since they were born.
Eduardo; victim who was wrongfully pushed out of a company which he helped found and gave the seed money? Or The Load who deserved to get frozen out after not making enough contributions?
Everyone hates on Sean Parker but it should be remembered that he is right. In the nightclub scene, he asked Mark to look at his face and say that he did not know what he was talking about. But Sean did know what he was talking about. A good question to ask is why shouldn't Sean replace Eduardo since Sean obviously knew more about the tech world?
Also, while Sean ain't no saint, Eduardo was making a point at antagonizing the guy from the moment they met, despite all of Sean's attempts at making friends or at least be cordial towards him, if only because Eduardo was Mark's friend. After Eduardo almost ruined Mark, Sean had no further reasons to try being nice towards him.
Were the makers of the film trying to portray Zuckerberg as an outright Jerkass, or did they make him more of a Jerk Sue?
Applicability: What the film's social statement or point is ultimately up to the viewer, and just how sympathetic Zuckerberg is.
Audience-Alienating Premise: Despite all signs saying otherwise, there are still people who will refuse to believe that this is not, in fact, "The Facebook Movie," and have avoided it like the plague as a result.
Despite the movie getting a respectable 8 Oscar nominations, neither Andrew Garfield nor Justin Timberlake were nominated for Best Supporting Actor.
Poor Andrew Garfield failed to get a Best Supporting Actor nod at the Oscars despite massive amounts of buzz. The cruel coincidence is that he gets left behind like his character.
It's possible that the Academy's votes were split by the studio's decision to push forward a total of three campaigns for Best Supporting Actor for Garfield, Timberlake and Armie Hammer. Between Garfield's Eduardo being the most universally liked character, the "Wow he really can act." reaction brought forth by Timberlake's performance and the impressive Acting for Two on Hammer's part, all of which were critically acclaimed, its no wondered that three great performances with such diverse qualities cancelled each other out.
While most people thought The King's Speech would win Best Picture... almost no one imagined that its director, Tom Hooper, would get the Oscar instead of Fincher, even though the director of the Best Picture usually wins the Oscar. This largely stems from Fincher winning nearly every major Best Director prize prior to the Oscars, including at the Golden Globes, Broadcast Film Critics Association, The Los Angeles, New York, and National Society Film Critics Associations, the National Board of Review, and even the BAFTAS. The latter case is the most notable, as they have a history of being partial to British performers/directors and had given The King's Speech prizes for both Best Film AND Best British Film (a first). Yet they STILL gave Fincher the Best Director prize over Tom Hooper. The only major prize that Hooper had won beforehand was the Director's Guild of America award, which, fittingly enough, is the most accurate Oscar precursor available (having aligned with the eventual Oscar winner in the category all but 7 times since 1948).
At the 2011 MTV Movie Awards, 2 of the movie's lines - from the Oscar-winning screenplay - were nominated for the Best Line From a Movie category, and they both lost to a joke from Grown Ups.
Follow the Leader: Back in 2010, the film's trailer creatively used an a cappella cover of Radiohead's "Creep" (sung by Belgian girls' choir Scala and Kolacny Brothers) to haunting effect; many viewers praised it as one of the most memorable movie trailers in years, and several critics credited it with managing to get audiences interested in a movie about the founding of Facebook—which could easily have been an Audience-Alienating Premise otherwise. In later years, several other films and TV shows have tried to borrow that technique for trailers, resulting in multiple other trailers also using haunting, minimalistic covers of pop songs, often sung by female vocalists. Examples include the trailers for X-Men: Apocalypse (which uses a cover of Coldplay's "Don't Panic"), Season 1 of Gotham (which uses a cover of Tears for Fears' "Shout"), Power Rangers (2017) (which uses a cover of Johnny Cash's "Walk the Line"), and Ghost in the Shell (which uses a cover of Depeche Mode's "Enjoy the Silence").
Genius Bonus: Natalie Portman is obliquely referenced, as a lawyer lists several of the types of people who were also attending Harvard at the time Mark Zuckerberg invented Facebook, ending with a movie star. Another lawyer asks who the movie star was, but doesn't get an answer.
The Winklevoss twins were portrayed by two non-identical actors, one of whom later had his head painstakingly replaced by a realistic CGI reconstruction of the other's head. A movie from even a decade earlier would have relied on Split Screen or would simply have hired twins, but this film went the extra mile so that the twins could do things like walk around the frame in front of each other. Effective, but arguably not really required for a dialogue-driven drama.
The filmmakers said they originally planned to cast twins, but couldn't find 6'5", 220-pound twins who could act and be believable as champion rowers. Also, some scenes (like the ones in the Harvard President's office) were done via split-screen. The digital reconstruction was used in other scenes because Fincher didn't want to limit the movement of his actors.
In Zombieland, Jesse Eisenberg's character said that the best part of the zombie apocalypse was not having to worry about updating his Facebook status. Twice as hilarious is how, according to the commentary, Eisenberg had to have the directors and cast explain to him what a Facebook status was.
After Jesse Eisenberg's polarizing performance as Lex Luthor in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, many of that film's detractors found his performance as Mark Zuckerberg to be a more faithful portrayal of Lex Luthor than his actual performance in Dawn Of Justice.
And it's satisfying to compare the current state of Facebook with Mark's original vision. Now that anyone can join, not just Ivy League college students, it's not exactly the elitist, exclusive social club he thought it would be. In fact, many people on there are simply Too Dumb to Live. See for yourself.
To paraphrase Zuckerberg, he's probably too busy having sex with numerous women on his gigantumous pile of money to be particularly bothered by this.
Also, the major difference between Eduardo and Mark's visions of Facebook is that Eduardo wanted advertising, while Mark felt it would cheapen the coolness of the website. Given that Facebook makes an astoundingly large portion of its money from helping advertisers target potential customers these days, it seems Eduardo won in the end.
Justin Timberlake portrays Sean Parker, who, prior to the founding of Facebook, had a hand in founding Napster. In 2011, Timberlake himself will oversee a re-launch of Facebook's former competitor MySpace, which jumps from social media to online music store. That move in itself would pit MySpace against current competitors iTunes, Spotify and, albeit a shell of its former self, Napster.
"You're not an asshole, Mark. You're just trying so hard to be." And it apparently paid off since Jesse Eisenberg was later cast as the ultimate rich asshole.
At a party, Mark and Eduardo meet a pair of Asian-American girls. The real Mark would later marry an Asian-American woman.
Hype Backlash: Considering this film has been referred to as the "Citizen Kane of the 21st century", it may get this. Though the Citizen Kane comparison is apt in regards to the general Lonely at the Top story.
On the opposite end, you had more and more people sympathizing with the real-life Eduardo based on the events that transpired in the film. It's easy to forget that in real life, Eduardo actually won the lawsuit (or more specifically, they settled out of court with him.)
Moral Event Horizon: "Interns?" Mark admired and defended Sean, but was visibly uncomfortable with his "interest" in a young intern working at Facebook. The fact that Sean's arrest at a college party involved several interns, all underage, was unforgivable and inexcusable to Mark for more than just PR reasons.
Narm: The incredibly intense, brilliantly acted confrontation is undone slightly by mentioning the chicken. They at least lampshade it and it doesn't throw it off course but it is still odd to see a powerhouse actor on the verge of tears, fully committing to dialogue about a chicken while sorrowful music plays. It doesn't help that Sean keeps interjecting to sincerely ask what the hell they're talking about.
There's an earlier scene in which Eduardo is explaining how Mark first approached him with the idea for Facebook, and there's a close-up on his face as he utters the very strange line: "In a World... where social structure was everything, that was the thing." In context, it sounds incredibly bizarre and out of place, almost as though someone accidentally included a page from the script for the trailer voiceover in the screenplay itself.
Nightmare Fuel: Christy burning Eduardo's scarf. It's Played for Laughs but is surprisingly dark. The implication is that, had he not put the fire out right away, the whole apartment would've burned down.
Douglas Urbanski as Larry Summers appears in only one scene where the Winklevoss brothers try to persuade him to take action against Mark, and completely steals it with impeccably timed snarky retorts.
A less literal version: Rooney Mara as Erica Albright only appears in three scenes, one of them very brief, for a total of roughly five minutes of screen time, but is considered by some to be one of the best parts of the movie. And she impressed David Fincher enough to land the role of Lisbeth Salander in The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo.
Amy, the Stanford girl who sleeps with Sean Parker in his first scene, is played by Dakota Johnson (the daughter of Don Johnson and Melanie Griffith); she would land the female lead in FOX's Ben & Kate in 2012, and the lead role of Anastasia Steele in Fifty Shades of Grey.
Armie Hammer would later land the title role in Disney's 2013 The Lone Ranger adaptation.
Andrew Garfield replaced Toby Maguire as Spider-Man for the Marc Webb Amazing Spider-Man reboot series.