Greatness never shines in the light that you might expect it to. Mark Zuckerburg created the finest social networking site to ever grace our society. In order to accomplish that feat he needed the help of others, but in his stalwart pursuit of this ideal he sacrificed all of meaning in his life that could have personified his creation.
A story that a few of us may know but changed the day to day lives of almost every person reading this paper. Facebook has dominated the internet and become on of the most used websites in the world.
David Fincher (The Curious Case of Benjamin Button) was tasked with bringing this landmark story to the big screen. To begin with Emmy Award winner Aaron Sorkin (The West Wing) created an amazing screenplay from Ben Mezrich’s book. After that Fincher assembled the finest crew of both production and post production specialists. His two greatest attributes to this film were both his actors and the talented duo that scored the film.
Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross both from Nine Inch Nails, brought a musical backdrop to this film that paints a dark driving force that makes this film move. Harvard has probably never been painted in such a stark light but the score makes this lighting perspective more accepting. Sequences that have a lack of adrenaline based action, such as the creating of the Facemash website, were extremely engaging because of the score and terrific acting.
Jesse Eisenberg (Zombieland) approaches the attempt of playing the founder of Facebook, Mark Zuckerburg, in such a unique way. Known for playing the shy socially awkward leading man isn’t new to Eisenberg, what is new is the seriousness to which he attempts such. Surrounded by some of the most talented up and coming actors makes his genius thrive, much like Zuckerburg in Harvard all of those years ago.
Stealing the show though is Armie Hammer. He plays both of the Winklevoss twins, Cameron and Tyler. Their frustrations and attempts to get reparations from Zuckerburg had to be taken on by this single actor. With the assistance of Fincher’s ability to visually direct and his proficiency with digital effects, you’ll actually believe that Hammer played this role with a genetic copy.
When you combine all of these fantastic elements you get an amazing film. David Fincher used all of his talents expertly and surrounded himself with the best people to make it happen. He created a film that will be a milestone for this generation. Don’t be surprised if David Fincher walks home with the Best Directing Oscar this next year.
Rated PG-13 for sexual content, drug and alcohol use and language.