The Social Network(2010)
Drama about the founders of Facebook, directed by David Fincher (Zodiac, Fight Club) and starring Jesse Eisenberg (The Squid and the Whale) as Mark Zuckerberg. Based on the book The Accidental Billionaires by Ben Mezrich.... More
Nowadays, Facebook has over 500 million members, is valued at $US 16 billion and has changed the way people interact worldwide. Here the story focuses on the company's origins – in Harvard college dorm rooms – and how overnight success and wealth impacted on Facebook's founders.
Justin Timberlake plays Sean Parker, the Napster co-founder who became Facebook's founding president; and Andrew Garfield plays Eduardo Saverin, the Facebook co-founder who fell out with Zuckerberg.Hide
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BY Aaron-Yap2 Flicks Writer
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s gone on record to label David Fincher’s scintillating tell-all of his company’s tumultuous inception as “fiction”, but questionable journalistic integrity is a small price to pay when you’re watching something as riveting and skillfully constructed as The Social Network.... More
In their adaptation of Ben Mezrich’s novel The Accidental Millionaires, Fincher and writer Aaron Sorkin (The West Wing) grip the viewer from the very first frame and proceed to translate what potentially is really dry material for cinema into a deft distillation of universal thematic hooks that form the core of many great stories: more so than the creation of a cultural phenomenon, The Social Network is the classic rags-to-riches tale, the ultimate revenge of the nerd and the heartbreaking autopsy of a broken friendship.
Played by Jesse Eisenberg, who pulls out a positively sociopathic performance that puts any reservations of his indie-geek “other Michael Cera” sensibilities at rest, Zuckerberg isn’t presented in the most flattering light, but the most human: unfalteringly brilliant but emotionally clueless. As jilted business partner Eduardo Saverin, Andrew Garfield touchingly embodies the personal collateral damage of Zuckerberg’s steamrolling.
With the exception of a canoe race montage which employs flashy “tilt-shift” photography to jarring effect, Fincher is all restrained visual rigour here, while Sorkin’s relentless, lighting-paced dialogue – matched with the nimble, non-linear editing – mirrors the speedy viral nature in which information is shared and processed in our age. An invigorating and vital film.Hide
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BY clararar superstar
It really was a shame this got (possibly unfairly) eclipsed by The King's Speech during awards season, but regardless of whether you love or hate or even use Facebook, or believe how close this was to true events, it's a brilliantly written and acted film that anyone can enjoy. I loved how I actually had to use my brain to keep up with all the dialogue, instead of letting it switch off as in most movies. Highly recommended.
BY Morgan-Maskell grader
Fincher and Sorkin have their fingerprints all over this film. The script is one of a kind. It's clever, it's fast and it's just really really great.
The musical score is mesmerising also, the haunting music at the start of the film as Zuckerberg walks through Havard sets up the tone of... More the entire film.
The sound editing and mixing is fantastic, the nightclub scene is a clinic in filmmaking as we can clearly hear the conversation with loud music blaring - Something that may go unappreciated by some.
However there are some lazy spots - Such as the use of the female lawyer to explain some things - The audience is getting told rather than shown. It seems like she is simply there to book-end a statement made by Rooney Mara's character at the beginning of the story. The female lawyer character just seems lazy.
Also, the plotline of the asian girlfriend seemed to come and go as it pleased which creates possibly one of the worst scenes in a good movie this year as she sets the bedroom of Andrew Garfield's character alight.
Aside from those two points, The Social Network is a clinic in filmmaking. Music, editing, sounds, cinematography, writing, direction with an incredibly strong lead performance - it is everything you want in a film.
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