Ankai November 21, 2014 Share November 21, 2014 (edited) It is based on a Frank Miller comic and Frank Miller is...well...I will let someone else handle that one. I agree, I usually forget that Rooney Mara is in the movie and the scene all together when I think of the movie. Interesting that the "Priscilla Chan/Zuckerberg" argument is the one that is always talked about regarding the liberties with the movie. I have yet to see any real defense of Mark Zuckerberg's character traits and treatment of Eduardo. You would think that "people" would have more of an issue with that characterization than whether or not Sorkin made up a fake girlfriend to make the catalyst of Facebook more interesting. Maybe I am not the one to respond to this, because I personally do not care all that much about what their relationship was really like. I don't even remember much about how it was like in the movie. I have no interest in defending either the character of Mark or Eduardo...or even Priscilla. For all I know, they are all terrible people. It is not so much that I don't believe that any supposed misrepresentation of the relationship between Mark and Eduardo is bad. It is just that it is much more complicated and more difficult to pick apart the differences between their real life relationship and the one portrayed in the movie than it is to do with one so elementally basic and unambiguously factual as the mere existence of Priscilla. I still don't understand how her existence in the movie would distract from the relationship between Mark and Eduardo at all. It is not that I would expect her to have a big role in the film, as I have no idea what her relationship with Mark was like or whether she was directly involved in Facebook; but erasing her from the movie and replacing her with a judgmental ex-girlfriend rubs me the wrong way. I don't understand why Rooney Mara's character or (Malese Jow's character, for that matter) had to exist; what did she add to the story of Mark and Eduardo's relationship? If she added nothing, then why invent her character in the first place? I suppose that I would not have been as bothered with the absence of Priscilla in the movie if not for the inclusion of Rooney's character. I understand that movies about real people sometimes take some characters out and introduce characters who do not actually exist to streamline the narrative. I know that Spike Lee's Malcom X movie replaced Malcom's brother and other people with a composite character and completely ignored others like Yuri Kochiyama. I was a little disappointed, but I understand why he did those things...though I didn't understand why he ended the film like that. On the other hand, I don't understand what the point of Rooney's character. I mean, I have a theory about why she is there, but it is one that I would rather not be true, since it would make me think even less of the movie.. If I were to hypothetically accept that Priscilla's existence in the movie would have threatened the focus of Mark and Eduardo's volatile bromance gone bad, THEN I could turn to the portrayal of that relationship in the movie. So, I will try to do that now. Okay: so the movie was about Mark and Eduardo. Putting aside necessary simplifications and composite whatevers, did the movie get the essence of their relationship right? If not, what were some of the basics that it got wrong? Edited November 21, 2014 by Ankai Link to comment
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