The Social Network
February 8, 2011
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Director: David Fincher
Writer: Aaron Sorkin
Based on the novel by: Ben Mezrich
Producers: David Fincher/Scott Rudin/Dana Brunetti/Michael De Luca/Cean Chaffin/Kevin Spacey
Starring: Jesse Einsberg/Andrew Garfield/Justin Timberlake/Brenda Song/Rooney Mara
BBFC Certification: 12
Duration: 120 minutes
The Social Network is a movie that is supposedly ‘the best movie of 2010’. While it’s evident why people have given it this title, it does not deserve it. The Social Network is about Mark Zuckerburg, the creator of popular social networking site Facebook, and the lawsuits that are filed against him by his colleagues and friends, claiming that he had stole the idea of Facebook from them. The Social Network is one of the best movies of last year but it is not the best movie of 2010, there are better movies, some that aren’t very well-known, that deserve to have that title, such as Aftershock. However, that does not mean that The Social Network isn’t good! The Social Network delivers when it comes to almost everything as it delivers with great pacing, effort and grace. The strongest thing about the movie, next to the acting, is its script as Aaron Sorkin writes it terrifically including some great scenes involving quick and witty dialogue, admittedly sometimes a little too quick but you get used to it as the movie progresses. It’s a shock that the characters in the movie could keep up, Jesse Einsberg sounded like he was talking faster than the speed of light. The Social Network also has some great performances, especially from Jesse Einsberg, who surprises the audience with his magnificent performance as Mark Zuckerberg. Another surprise was Justin Timberlake, who played Sean Parker very well and Andrew Garfield, who played Zuckerberg’s best friend, Eduardo Saverin, brilliantly.
David Fincher is simply a very talented director as he manages to take a selection of genres and roll it into one movie with a feel of shadiness and injustice. The camerawork and locations added to that feel as well as the pacing of the story and the script. The Social Network is near perfect with a great story of how Facebook was founded and how much trouble it caused to make it, however the one and only problem with The Social Network is that you couldn’t relate to any of the characters as most of them were simply unlikeable. They were either spoilt, selfish or purposely awkward. Overall, The Social Network is a brilliant movie but it won’t be everybody’s cup of tea and, even though the movie is close to perfection, it’s not the best movie of 2010.
It’s understandable why The Social Network has been nominated or has won so many awards, it truly is a brilliant movie. Everything from the performances and the direction to the story and it’s clever script draws you in. There are scenes in the movie that are beautifully shot, such as the ending. If you’re looking for something that will emotionally draw you in, then you could be disappointed but if you want a great story and brilliant performances, I suggest this. It’s not a perfect ten but it’s very close to it.