The Social Network (2010)

5 STARS

General Information:

The information from below is taken from the following link: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1285016/

12  120 min  –  Biography | Drama   –  15 October 2010 (UK)

Director

David Fincher

Writer

Aaron Sorkin

Stars

Jesse Eisenberg; Andrew Garfield; Justin Timberlake

Plot:

Bio-pic about how two friends created Facebook, a tool used to bring friends together, and how the making of that tool, split them apart, yet also made Mark Zuckerberg the youngest billionaire on the planet.

The Social Network

The Social Network

Review:

It’s often been noted that David Fincher is the maker of dark films with an almost Kubrickian-perfected craft and dazzling visual style to them. The Social Network is no exception to this. It may be ‘light’ in subject matter for a David Fincher film, but that doesn’t take away its technical brilliance and its punchy directorial edge.

It all starts off when likeable computer-geek, Mark Zuckerberg (Jesse Eisenberg), is ditched by his girlfriend Erica Albright (Rooney Mara) with the famous last words “asshole”. Mark goes home. Drinks beer. Blogs. Then creates the arguably misogynistic Face Mash.

Face Mash allows testosterone-induced guys to pick ‘n choose between which girl is the hottest. It’s all laddish-inane fun; after all, girls and guys often play the “who’d you rather @~%**%^” game; yet Mark took this game a step further, he put it online.

Several thousand clicks later, Face Mash causes the Harvard uni servers to crash, and due to this, two people find Mark, pitch this really good idea to him. You know what happens next. Mark then takes their idea, yet uses a different code (which is his main defence when being sued: similar idea, but constructed differently). Mark then calls this code TheFacebook, and then a few years later he’s the youngest billionaire in the world. Baring in mind, the beauty of this is, if he was never dumped, this never would have happened. Yet Mark isn’t motivated by success, money or by greed. Whilst the people he ‘stole’ the idea from, are.  Mark can be considered a ‘child prodigy’ and a genius,and due to this, it could be argued that the guys he ‘stole’ the idea from may not have been as successful as he was.

I think the beauty of this film is that it has a very large demographic but doesn’t seem to flop. It’s about computer programming, but allows your average Joe to understand what’s going on in the film, the script doesn’t just consist of technical-babble, if it was, it wouldn’t have made 5 stars that’s for sure. The average person can understand this film because of it’s script: it’s sharp, acidic, feels real, and well-structured (the film jumps back and forth between the rise of Mark Zuckerberg to him being sued by the people he stole the money-making idea from and his co-founder and CFO of Facebook, Eduardo Sarvin (Andrew Garfield)).

The film is an achievement not because it’s well directed, well scripted or well-acted, but because it makes the seemingly ‘un-filmable’ filmable

Verdict:

Zuckerberg took the real world one step further by putting it online. Fincher takes the online world and translates it into a cinematic ‘real world’ via the medium of film. Well scripted, acted, and directed, The Social Network is made with the technical precision like a master of cinema, such as Stanley Kubrick himself. It’s not just a landmark of 2010, but perhaps a landmark of cinema itself.

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