These are what we call the 'YMMV items.' Things that some people find in this work. We call them 'your mileage might vary' because not everyone sees these things in the same way. This starts discussions in the trope lists, a thing we don't want. Please use the discussion page if you'd like to discuss any of these items.
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?
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?
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.
Its 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.
Also, 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 precursor 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/director, had given The King's Speech prizes for both Best Film AND Best British Film (a first), and yet 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 just about the most accurate Oscar precursor available (having preceded Oscar winners 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.
Granted no one over the age of 15 takes the MTV movie awards seriously. This is a ceremony where the Twilight series takes home ...everything....including action scenes...
Fans of the film look set to be duking it out with primary Oscar rival The King's Speech partisans for years to come. Look for plenty of Award Snub accusations to fly regardless of which film wins Best Picture.
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.
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.
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.
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 is surprisingly dark, even if it is hilarious.
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 the sure-to-be-notorious Fifty Shades Of Gray film adaptation.
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.