There are 750,000,000 people who use Facebook. The thinking behind making a movie about its owner was quite simple. Imagine if just 20 percent of users saw this movie? That is over 1 billion dollars in box office revenue! Thankfully, the history of the creation of Facebook is much more interesting than many of the obligatory status updates in your news feed about the weather or other people’s dinner.
The film was of course nominated for a Best Picture Oscar, and while it lost eventually to the Kings Speech, Aaron Sorkin did take home the Oscar for Best Adapted screenplay for his script that he adapted from the novel The Accidental Billionaires by Ben Mezrich, as well as a Golden Globe for Best Picture.
The movie was also described as ‘interesting’ by Facebook founder and creator Mark Zuckerberg when he made a guest appearance when Jesse Eisenberg, who plays Zuckerberg in the film, hosted American sketch comedy program Saturday Night Live. However Zuckerberg has taken the film with a grain of salt, as writer Aaron Sorkin has always stressed that the movie is about a slightly fictionalised version of Zuckerberg, and that he never lets the truth get in the way of a great story saying “I don’t want my fidelity to be truth, I want it to be storytelling. Why have accuracy purely for accuracy’s sake?”
The amount of lawsuits Zuckerberg has faced is slowly catching up to the amount of users on Facebook, as is the bridges he burnt to become a billionaire. It makes for a riveting story, and the performances by Jesse Eisenberg, Andrew Garfield and Justin Timberlake are fantastic.
However, the real heroes behind this film are scriptwriter, Aaron Sorkin, and director David Fincher. Sorkin is of course famous for writing The West Wing, amongst many other things, but the dialogue in this film is archetypical of his style; tense, sharp as a tack, dramatic and still bitingly funny.
Fincher, who has directed genre defining films such as Fight Club, Seven, The Game and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, is the master of suspense. How he managed to make a story about creating a website as thrilling as four consecutive roller coasters is a true testament to his genius behind the camera.
This film comes highly recommended, and with good reason. It excels in every single facet of filmmaking, the story is engrossing, the direction is masterful, the dialogue is funny, entertaining and enthralling, and as aforementioned, David Fincher and Aaron Sorkin have managed to make a story about the creation of a website primarily on computers one of the most thrilling and dramatic films of the year. It is an absolute must see, for the technologically savvy and for the technologically inept.
I ‘like’ this film.