Wednesday Movie Night: The Social Network (2010)

Mark Zuckerberg’s beginnings of Facebook are chronicled this movie directed by David Fincher. Zuckerberg decides to get back at his fellow classmates by beginning a sitem Facemash, pitting the women of the campus against each other in a contest of hotness on a website he quickly makes. After that he is approached by twins hoping to get him to help them begin a new social networking site for Harvard, this leads to Zuckerberg embarking on a new plan with best friend, Eduardo, and later Sean Parker. This leads to controversy, and broken friendships in the search of making millions off his new site, Facebook.

I thought I was going to watch a good story about Facebook, but I ended up with a lot more. The Social Network is a well acted, and well pieced together movie. How true the events of this movie are remain in question, but it interests you all the way. I don’t think you have to be a fan of Facebook to like this movie. It goes so much more beyond the invention of a site, but also into the working of friendships, and fame.

Jesse Eisenberg for some reason makes a stand out appearance in this movie. I really felt like I was watching a guy named Mark Zuckerberg. Whether that is accurate or not I don’t know, but I felt like I was with a another character for a couple of hours. Justin Timberlake also surprises in his role as Sean Parker, which was unexpected.  Another notable mention was Andrew Garfield as Eduardo. I cared about his character, and seeing him hurt was really painful. You could feel it all over the movie, and in the others when it happened. You will also notice the debut of Rooney Mara, who scores the lead in David Fincher‘s other film, The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo.

This movie has a nice flow to it also. The scenes move easily, and with the serene feel there is a lot of chaos happening. You can really get David Fincher’s trademark style through this film even if you can’t exactly pen what it is, but you can see it.  I liked the build up toward the end, and it got me more interested in the social networking site that I’ve longed used without any information on it for so long.

The Social Network may be a underrated classic at the moment until we can look back on it. Whether you are a user of Facebook or not you can’t deny it may have some historical value that is heavily noted in this movie. Not only that but you get great character development that leaves us feeling for the characters. If nothing else you’ll have an argument for how it’s ruined us.

Rating 4 of 5.

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