Blast From The Past: The Social Network

Cert: 12A Runtime: 120 mins Director: David Fincher Cast: Jesse Eisenberg, Andrew Garfield, Justin Timberlake, Armie Hammer and Rooney Mara

You know, you really don’t need a forensics team to get to the bottom of this. If you guys were the inventors of Facebook, you’d have invented Facebook

Back in 2010 I watched The Social Network, since then I never really thought of it again. David Fincher has been a core part of my reading this year, and I admire his work. Finally I have re-watched it and ready to share my view on it. What is The Social Network all about? On a fall night Zuckin 2003, Harvard undergrad and computer programming genius Mark Zuckerberg (Jesse Eisenberg) sits down at his computer and heatedly begins working on a new idea. In a fury of blogging and programming, what begins in his dorm room soon becomes a global social network and a revolution in communication. A mere six years and 500 million friends later, Mark Zuckerberg is the youngest billionaire in history… but for this entrepreneur, success leads to both personal and legal complications.How The Social Network lost to The King’s Speech I will never know! Aaron Sorkin’s justifiably lauded script was adapted from Ben Meszrich’s non-fiction book “The Accidental Billionaires”. Sorkin’s dialogue is impeccable but the source material’s questionable accuracy undermines the film.

There’s little attempt to present multiple sides to the story and some of the plot points seem more like Hollywood fabrication (particularly the social_network_xlgending). That’s not to say that the story isn’t compelling but it loses integrity with its selective, embellished viewpoint.From an acting standpoint, the film contains a few stand-out performances. Jesse Eisenberg deftly delivers his character’s intricate dialogue but, to me, Andrew Garfield gives the film’s best performance in the role of the betrayed friend. Meanwhile, Justin Timberlake surprises with a colourful portrayal of Napster founder Sean Parker. The rest of the cast is capable if not up to the same level as these individuals.The ever-dependable David Fincher’s direction is well done and the film boasts attractive cinematography throughout. However, the film’s strong suit in the technical arena may be the music, which was expertly handled by Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross. I could listen to the soundtrack over and over. Personally, while I’m not quite as impressed as others and I wonder about the film’s staying power, I would not hesitate to recommend it to others. For me Fincher has made better movies, but I do respect The Social Network.


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