By: Jim Weekes
Rating: 9 out of 10
I’ll admit I was probably one of the first people to laugh at the idea of a Facebook biopic, especially once I saw that Justin Timberlake was in it. I held back my doubts however once I learned it would be directed by David Fincher (“Fight club,” “Zodiac”). I’m here now to tell you I was certainly not disappointed.
Now, was the film perfect? No. Is it Fincher’s best? Probably not. But it’s true what’s been said countless times already, this film is the citizen Kane of our generation. I’ll start with the script. Aaron Sorkin’s (“A Few Good Men,” “Charlie Wilson’s War”) script is everything Juno wishes it could have been; quick, witty, and sharp. But just like most witty scripts, there are moments where it seems a little too unreal.
David Fincher is a master at his craft and this film is a perfect example. He’s been known to do endless takes of some of the most simplistic scenes and it’s that attention to detail that pays off in the long run. Everything is carefully planned, and if not anything else, every college student will agree that this film does an absolutely incredible job of capturing that atmospheric feeling of life on a college campus. Even some of my lesser favorite Fincher films have great direction and he’s constantly raising the bar for himself, and is one of the only directors in the field who actually cares about story.
One of the biggest things that got me worried about this movie was Justin Timberlake. I’m happy to say I’ve walked away from this film with a lot of respect for him. He did a fantastic job. But it wasn’t just him. Jessie Eisenberg and Andrew Garfield deserve Oscar nods for their impeccable performances as two people whose friendship is jilted by power, money, and everything in between. There were also other noteworthy performances, including Armie Hammer as the Winklevoss Twins. That’s right, he plays both. I give plenty of props to the SFX department for making it seamless. If no one told me it was just one person, I would have easily believed it was two.
The soundtrack by Nine Inch Nails front man Trent Reznor and 12 Rounds frontman, Atticus Ross is just as mesmerizing as the film itself. I had a chance to listen to the soundtrack on its own merit and the best way to describe it is Nine Inch Nails’ “Ghosts I-IV,” and a Clint Eastwood soundtrack. It’s very subdued with moments of electronic overtones and is the perfect companion to this story of self destruction.
The editing is Oscar worthy, with scenes cutting between court room sequences and preliminary moments in Facebook’s history, with a character in one scene finishing a sentence of another character from another scene. It sounds kind of confusing, and it is, but the editing displays the schizophrenic thought process of Zuckerburg in the film.
The film is great and although I felt it ended a little too early, I’m completely contempt with what I saw and recommend it to anyone in this current generation, and who has ever logged into Facebook.