The Social Network – Movie Review

4 02 2011

Jesse Eisenberg plays Mark Zuckerberg, the man who invented Facebook… or did he? That’s what you are about to find out in The Social Network, a dramatisation of how Facebook came about. Mark Zuckerberg is a fast and sharp talking nerd, and he has very little friends. What he has though, are the formidable computer skills which he uses to create his own social networking website, which turns out to be more popular than anyone could have ever imagined. The more light-hearted aspect of this story is how he gets the ideas for the different features of the website. The flow of events is very clever, making you engrossed in what Mark Zuckerberg is up to next.

Meet the co-founder of Facebook, Eduardo Saverin. He is played by (future Spider-Man) Andrew Garfield, who has a very professional look to him. I liked how the realtionship between Mark Zuckerberg and Eduardo Saverin played out, which amounted to some really dramatic situations. There is a scene towards the end where emotions turn ugly, and that’s when you see how good an actor Andrew Garfield can be. The film does a good job of letting us experience what it’s like to be these teenagers, including their living conditions and the places they hang out at.

Justin Timberlake hops along in a third role, and he is the dude with all the right friends and business connections. If you are thinking that this pop singer will ruin the movie, you will be surprised. Justin Timberlake not only convincingly comes across as the arrogant businessman, but his real life pop culture status actually adds an ambiguous feeling to his character. Rooney Mara plays the girl whom Mark Zuckerberg is trying to score with, and she is pretty good even though her character is just the girl that nerds cannot seem to talk to properly (which is actually 99.9% of girls).

The story is told mostly in flashbacks, and there are many shocking reveals throughout the film. There are scenes where we frequently switch between the past and the present, which always keeps things interesting. The entire film is pleasantly fast paced, and you have to keep up with the rapid dialogue. The score is not only brilliant, but unique and it suits the modern tone of the film. There is a scene where the pumping music in a club almost drowns out the characters’ voices, which I thought was really creative.

The film wraps up with Mr. Zuckerberg himself using Facebook. What exactly he is doing on his own website, I leave you to see for yourself. It’s a very smart way to end the film, and those hoping for an uplifting finale should be reminded that you don’t always get what you want. Even if you don’t use Facebook or don’t care for how it was created, this film contains an extremely compelling story of betrayal, backstabbing, and a seemingly accurate portrayal of modern technological youth culture. I don’t think The Social Network “defines a generation”, as some people are putting it, but it is a powerful and riveting drama that deserves all the praise and Oscar buzz it is getting.

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13 responses

4 02 2011
jenny

Thanks for stopping by my blog! I was JUST watching this movie (am 1/3 way through) and loving it! =) Nice review; I can’t wait to watch the rest!

5 02 2011
vixter2010

I’m looking forward to watching this one when it comes out here!

6 02 2011
fictionworms

I started seeing The Social Network a time ago, but there were thirty minutes left and something happened so I had to stop watching it. And I never finished it. This may be the reason why I don’t understand how is it that there is so many people who love it, and why the movie has (eight?) nominations for the Academy Awards. Yeah, I’m so stupid to judge a movie without seeing its ending. But thanks to your review, which is great BTW, I’m gonna see those thirty minutes one of these days, and THEN make up my mind about it 😛

6 02 2011
someone who likes films and books

Excellent review!

9 02 2011
Sarah@Wicked Tickets Broadway

Awsome movie!! I watched this movie as my University exam is regarding the effects of media in modern culture, as a second year sociology student, I would recommend anyone and everyone to watch this movie.

16 02 2011
Bluej

great review!

17 02 2011
alexchap30

I was a big fan of the film. I think the last paragraph of your review is fantastic. You hit it spot on when you say the film is “a seemingly accurate portrayal of modern technological youth culture”. I had never thought of it that way but the description seems apt.

Keep up the good work.

24 02 2011
i.heart.hk

I think the score is also worth mentioning (Atticus Ross strikes again!).

The movie looks even better, if before watching it you’ve seen interviews the real people behind the story: Jesse Eisenberg and the twins did an awesome job portraying the real people.

24 02 2011
tinkerbelle86

great review, might have to check it out. justin timberlake actually isnt bad as an actor, surprisingly

4 03 2011
CMrok93

Eisenberg is just about perfect in this film, and should have won that Oscar, just like this whole;e film should have. But hey, it’s the Oscars, I wasn’t expecting them to get it fully right. Good Review!

4 03 2011
lish

David Fincher was robbed of Best Director in the Oscars. This is one of my favorite movies in that last few years. Excellent review!
Also, I personally think Timberlake only successfully plays an asshole because he is one, but to each their own!

20 03 2011
greggorton84

Facebook has defined a Generation and this may be one of the few sources in the future for looking at what it has done to us.
I’m not sure how I feel about this movie. I mean it was a good semi-biographical account (as in, nice but like all historical movies, not entirely accurate). My bigger problem was simply that I have always expected MORE from David Fincher than other directors and this offering seemed a bit “middle of the road” in terms of filmmaker. For those who don’t know, Fincher was behind “Se7en” (arguably on of the best thrillers ever) and “Fight Club”… so it felt off that this movie now appears on his CV… likewise I find it weird he wants to attempt an English “Girl with the dragon tattoo” when the first one was brilliant enough not to touch :S

20 03 2011
greggorton84

As for winning oscars. If you see “The King’s Speech” you will know that it deserved every one. I mean even the “smaller” characters were given good treatment (why no one is talking about Guy Pearce as a brilliant King Edward is beyond me)

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