The Social Network is a film by David Fincher about the rise of Facebook set to the background of legal action taken against its founder, Mark Zuckerburg, due to certain people feeling they deserve some of the rights.
Here’s the short answer: Love Facebook? Watch this film. Hate Facebook with a passion? Watch this film.
How can I say that? It’s because the brilliant writing by Aaron Sorkin (The West Wing, Charlie Wilson’s War) combined with the extraordinary visual storytelling of director Fincher paint a human picture, rather than a clichéd black-and-white, right-and-wrong feel to the film. You’ll find yourself both hating and loving Mark Zuckerburg alternatively, as is the case for most of the characters. Sometimes they’re hotshots, other times they’re scared little puppies. At the end of the day you’ll see the best of what went into Facebook along with the worst.
There’s no big twist, so I’m not afraid of ruining anything, as it’s based on the true story of Facebook. There are a lot of twists and turns as the history of various features and landmarks in the website’s history is unraveled.
But this isn’t the story of some website, it’s really the human story. Jesse Eisenburg (Zombieland) does a great turn as the almost superhumanly uncharismatic Zuckerburg, while Andrew Garfield (Never Let Me Go, recently announced star of the next Spider-Man film) does a great job as serving as his principle opposite Eduardo Saverin. There’s also an atypical performance from Justin Timberlake, taking the ironic role of Sean Parker, the founder of Napster. All of the performances are rich in dimension and color in human characters rather than the typically rigid characters found in films based closely on real events.
Which leads me to the next point, this is a historical piece. It may not be history in the most traditional sense, but it’s a story from seven years ago. It’s a world before and in the infant stages of Facebook. It’s a less connected world. But there’s actually a specific point in which something that is now considered a romantic cliché of the real world comes up, a character’s relationship status on Facebook. It changes the world and the story as it becomes more complex and more successful.
I highly recommend this film and give it my highest rating of “Hell yes, go see this and then buy a copy of it for home viewing.”