The Social Network. A film about the spawning of the biggest socially connecting website to date is a movie that, much like the website it is based on, is too large to be overlooked. A fantastic cast, crew, story, and message draw the movie together in such great fashion. Every once in a while a movie comes along that refreshingly surprises you with a solid, well…everything just about, that impresses far beyond the expectations made by intrigued audiences. The Social Network is one of those films.
The movie begins by introducing us to the nerdy, statistic-filled Mark Zuckerberg, creator and founder of Facebook. We find Mark in a conversation that lays out his motives and desires for his college life and thereafter: He wants to “fit in” and be on his way to a “better life.” The character of Zuckerberg is displayed immediately through his witty and sarcastic conversational skills with his girlfriend in the opening scene. The trigger for Zuckerberg’s actions, like most films would have it, is a girl. But, unlike most films, this movie takes us on a trip of unexpected twists and turns. A smart, witty, intellectual movie with characters of the same attributes dealing with issues of college life, friendship, acceptance, bad influences, greed, and betrayal in the upper echelon of social circles…an ivy league college campus named Harvard.
The cast in this movie is spot on. Jesse Eisenberg (Mark Zuckerberg) is the absolute star of this film. He portrays Mark Zuckerberg with a particular air about him that makes you enjoy and hate watching him at the same time. You wish to applaud him, feel bad for him, high-five him, and throw him through a window all at the same time! Nerdy, rude, geeky, smart, statistic-filled, unassuming yet argumentative. In addition, Andrew Garfield and Justin Timberlake’s performances end up being completely unforgettable. This is, arguably, Timberlake’s best performance ever as he captures and embodies the alleged devious persona of Sean Parker (creator of Napster). Garfield plays Eisenberg’s best friend and business partner who is now one of several people suing Zuckerberg for damages during the entrepreneurial endeavor of Facebook. The rest of the supporting cast also did just that…support the story being told…and very well, might I add.
The script and storyline are unique and full of depth. Just as Facebook is all about connections, The Social Network connects with its audiences on so many levels. All of the elements of Facebook are so easily relatable in this movie. (For example: you know how things are apparently unofficial unless they show up on Facebook, i.e. “relationship status.”) This movie, however, is not just about the founding of Facebook. It is mainly focused on friendship, acceptance, loyalty, and the possible destruction of them all. Aaron Sorkin craftily and carefully constructed the screenplay and allows us to follow the back and forth of the film very well. The movie flips back and forth between two different time periods to tell the story: The lawsuit deposition meetings and the events from 6 years prior which led to them. As the movie ends, it ties in elements from the beginning…allowing the plot to come around full circle. I love it when a movie does that!!
I must give pause here to render tribute to the writers of the musical score Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross. The music did nothing but add greatly to the drama of the screen. As did the cinematography. I haven’t seen a movie quite like this in a while, and the music and scenery did not detract from it at all. Beautiful.
In case you can’t already tell…This film impressed me. It is worth watching, and I actually can’t wait to go watch it again. The Social Network is mentally engaging. It traps your attention as the acting is amazingly performed and portrays real life scenarios. I’m afraid that I watched the best movie of the weekend and so all of the other ones I am on my way to watch now are going to pale in comparison. The Social Network is being called the “greatest film of this generation.” I’m not sure about that yet, as a few other titles are in contention for that spot. But, it definitely is in the running.
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–The Sp1der’s Score: 9.5 out of 10 stars “The Social Network”
Trivia and Fun Facts about The Social Network:
- Director: David Fincher (Fight Club, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Zodiac, Se7en).
- Screenplay Writer: Aaron Sorkin (A Few Good Men, The American President).
- Executive Producer: Kevin Spacey (probably the biggest film Spacey has produced out of 19 total).
- Justin Timberlake was the only actor who ever met with his real-life counterpart (did so while competing for the role).
- Natalie Portman attended Harvard during Facebook’s birth, contributed to the film after calling Sorkin to share stories, and is indirectly referenced in the film.
- Andrew Garfield will be the new Peter Parker in the Spiderman reboot movie.
- Jesse Eisenberg and Andrew Garfield are real life friends and found it difficult to play characters whose friendship had dissolved bitterly.
- Fincher forbade any of the actors from consorting with the people they were portraying once the roles were set.
- Mark Zuckerberg is the world’s youngest billionaire (age 26) with a net worth of $6.9 billion.
- Rooney Mara, who plays as Zuckerberg’s girlfriend, will be the star in the upcoming Americanized version of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.
- Fincher filmed 99 takes of the opening scene before getting it the exact way he wanted it.
- Mark Zuckerberg refused to cooperate in adding anything to the making of this “biographic” film.
- TheScarletSp1der enjoyed it and updated his Facebook page to tell everyone while watching it!
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