By telling the backstage of the launch of Facebook in “The Social Network”, David Fincher and screenwriter Aaron Sorkin take the opportunity to paint a not always flattering portrait of his parent. What did the real Mark Zuckerberg think of the film?
The Social Network : a dive into the origins of Facebook
A movie about the birth of facebook ? This is a subject that could have become academic or uninteresting in the hands of many directors. But it turns out that it was the brilliant David Fincher who leaned on it, with the equally good Aaron Sorkin on the screenplay. More than narrating the beginnings of facebook, it is the person of Mark Zuckerberg (here played brilliantly by Jesse Eisenberg) who interests the two friends in The Social Network. Something that we can understand so much the man fascinates, by his personality. We therefore follow the latter when he studies at Harvard. He and other students are working on a social network that connects young people. This idea will then become the juggernaut that we know today and Mark Zuckerberg will not hesitate to abandon human relations in favor of this project.
If you saw The Social Network, we can not say that its central character stirs up sympathy. On the contrary, David Fincher films it as a real antisocial, unable to relate to others while being endowed with a sacred ego. Inevitably, we say to ourselves that such a portrait was not to the taste of the real Mark Zuckerberg.
A film close to reality?
It appears that this one initially refused to see the film. Instead of staying on this position, he finally decided to let himself be tempted to see what it was all about. One therefore wonders logically what he could have thought of it. Without real surprise, the feature film did not find favor in his eyes. According to him, much of what is told in it was made up and has nothing to do with reality.
He argues that Aaron Sorkin and David Fincher deliberately dramatized things to create an attractive plot. However, the screenwriter of the film has a habit of cramming his subjects and clinging to reality with the greatest accuracy. The Social Network is also based on a book – Revenge of a Loner: The True Story of Facebook’s Founder – which claims to be closer to the true story. So, did Mark Zuckerberg try to discredit the film to make it seem like he’s not the horrible man shown? A hypothesis that cannot be ruled out…