Betrayal and autophobia have never felt so bland
It's hard to consolidate a movie such as this where the unpopular outsiders as in geeks, and balancing their motivations and goals in the more popular and "it" crowd. Jesse Eisenberg's character of Mark Zuckenberg (Creator of Facebook) is someone with the brains, quick-talking and the obsessiveness to qualify as the nerd. Yet his obsession with his website and taking it as big as possible, whilst maintaining that it be "cool"; is a little puzzling. His motivations make a little more sense, in that he is trying to win over somebody. But the logic for that breaks apart because of how badly he treats his friends.
There is a level of complexity to the mistakes that Zuckenberg makes in his twisted goals and how to achieve them, but that doesn't really feel like a compliment. It is all hinted in all the early signs, as to what he does to the people around him and what he really cares about. But it also means that Zuckenberg didn't really have much of a journey/progression. Mark has only himself to blame for the end results, which he had wrought for himself from start to finish. The film doesn't make you feel real angry or sorry for what he has done. You know that after he has screwed over the people around him that he'll be back up, checking his little project. He does this all of this out of habit rather than enthusiasm.
Even the meteoric rise of his obsession; Facebook, lacks the true peaks and troughs. The obstacles to his brain-child are a few uninteresting twins with some smarmy other guy, along with one or two minor finance problems. Oddly enough we simply just hear about Facebook rather than see how the characters directly use it much. That all makes it seem to be far too much into hype than creating the idea of something that is immersive.
Partying in this movie certainly feels a clean, safe, disappointment rather than wild, rambunctious and rebellious. This of course, means the viewers don't really feel they are hedonistic over-indulgences but casual get togethers instead.
The acting is ok, but Eisenberg plays too much of a bland and emotionless character to be interesting. There aren't any strong character or performances to carry this movie, which is rather important for a biopic.
To an end, it felt far too vapid and bland to give it an emotional/consequential weight to the complex web. Spun by a misunderstood worm.
....His name is Mark Zuckerberg, not Steve Zueckenberg
13th Apr 11
^ Well I didn't spell it "Zueckenberg" either so we're all a little wrong here. All these bergs get confusing.
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