Reviews Comments: Betrayal and autophobia have never felt so bland
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
comment #7264 ronasokily 13th Apr 11
^ Well I didn't spell it "Zueckenberg" either so we're all a little wrong here. All these bergs get confusing.
comment #7283 shinfernape 16th Apr 11
^ That sounded a little anti-Semitic. Also, it looks like you weren't really paying attention to the movie. One of the points made is that MARK can't help but screw over other people due to his arrogance and his sense of purpose; he doesn't see what he's doing as wrong, but something he HAS to do.
comment #10582 DoMakeSayThink 5th Oct 11
"Mark Zuckenberg...is...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." I don't think you have a grasp on how humans work.
comment #10618 tublecane 7th Oct 11
@tublecane Hit the nail on the head again. Seriously though,last I checked when a guy has friends and likes a girl and tries at all costs to get her,...I'm pretty sure it's going to get ugly quickly
comment #10628 terlwyth 7th Oct 11
@ tublecane what I mean is bros b4 hos and you don't screw over your friends. Aside from that, he doesn't seem to care about his friends and yet he's desperate to get back with this girl who just doesn't want to know. Mark screws people over because that's his nature. The movie didn't show him getting overtly abused by someone or having a traumatic life. He's just a prick, which some people can just naturally be. But even pricks can be likeable in their flambuoyant ways, but Mark has no gorm.
comment #10770 shinfernape 14th Oct 11
"he doesn't seem to care about his friends and yet he's desperate to get back with this girl who just doesn't want to know" You're giving too much credit to the ex-girlfriend motivation, although that may be the movie's fault. Also, just because he ultimately betrays his friends, or two of them anyway, doesn't mean he doesn't care about them. But fine, whatever. My point was that this is not some sortof logical contradiction, as you averred. "The movie didn't show him getting overtly abused by someone or having a traumatic life." What a boring movie world it would be if all jerks had to be children of abuse. Look, Mark wasn't a serial rapist or child abductor. He was just a curt, self-centered guy. "Mark has no gorm." I have no idea what "gorm" is, but, again, fine. Let's say so. It's another thing entirely for you to argue the character is puzzling, makes little sense, and is lacking in logic.
comment #11187 tublecane 2nd Nov 11
Aggreed on pretty much everything tublecane said. Another annotation: the fact that this reviewer seems to consider "wanting one's biggest project to be successful" a "twisted goal" is oddly worrying and oddly hilarious at the same time.
comment #23483 phylos 16th Mar 14
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. I'm pretty sure "clean safe casual get-togethers" don't include making out with random same-sex strangers, using drugs on the living room table, and oral sex in the bathroom, among other exploits depicted by the movie during the parties.
comment #23484 Tuckerscreator 16th Mar 14
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