I admit that the story of Zuckerberg and how the nerd became the world’s youngest millionaire by starting out drunken in his room on campus is intriguing, the more so because it is actually a true story (or at least based on a true story), but is it worth and interesting enough to make a movie out of it. I say no.
You, see, the film is never really interesting in the sense that I am guessing or anticipating what might happen next. Of course, the scriptwriters were limited by what actually happened, but then again, why make a movie out of it. Zuckerberg invents something good, by accident it becomes successful and now everybody wants money from him, they get their money and that is it. No twists, no intrigue, no moments of doubt, no amazing acting, no social comments, nada, zip, just a simple old story.
Don’t get me wrong, the film was good and I enjoyed it, the cast was very interesting, playing very well together and filling their individual roles picture perfect but why this is considered a masterpiece I don’t know. Keep in mind that this is based on a book and when you take the “story” away and the characters, there is not much left that the filmmakers actually did, apart from putting it to celluloid, without taking or adding anything to it.
What I enjoyed the most was the cast of young and highly energetic actors, Eisenberg, Mara, Garfield and Timberlake all did a good job.
A good movie, slightly better than your average fare and at least it was not cheesy or overly romantic, but it is not a masterpiece.