Friday, November 12, 2010

REVIEW: The Social Network

The Social Network

Jesse Eisenberg, Andrew Garfield


October 1, 2010

David Fincher

Columbia Pictures

2 hours 0 minutes

A+ (100)



For those who frequently go onto the Internet, they are bound to have a facebook account. However, for anyone who doesn't know what facebook is, this social networking site is an online website in which you can create a profile and communicate and socialize with friends, plus keep up with daily life in sports, entertainment, and your friend's lives. It is currently one of the biggest trends happening in the world. And it all started because of a very gifted college student when he created it. The Social Network is the story of the creation of Facebook, and the tragedies that went with it, and as it turns out, it is a smart, well written, and funny movie that is one of the best movies of 2010.

Mark Zuckerberg is possibly one of the smartest people out there. He can hack into Harvard's system, create a website, and eventually get the site to crash within a matter of hours. But after a sad breakup with his girlfriend, Mark has a breakdown which leads to the creation of a website within Harvard's system where college kids can socialize with friends, post photos, and basically take the entire experience of college and put it online. He called it "The Facebook." But before Mark knew it, The Facebook became the most talked about thing on campus. But with the help of a few people, The Facebook became one of the most talked about things in the world. The Social Network explores the creation of facebook and the troubles Mr. Zuckerberg would get into along the way.

Like I said, this is one of the best movies of the year. One of the many contributors to making this a great movie was the amazingly well written screenplay. Aaron Sorkin, who wrote this funny and dramatic movie deserves an Oscar nomination for this cleverly written script. Despite being mostly based on the real life events of Mark Zuckerberg and Facebook, the movie feels like it's its own original story. Aaron Sorkin only loosely based the information off of real events, so in a way, this really is an original story of sorts. And that's just one of the many reasons why The Social Network is near perfection.

Another contribution to the perfection of The Social Network is the actors of the movie. All of the actors are doing their characters justice, and are performing them very well. Jesse Eisenberg, who plays Mark Zuckerberg might even get a Best Actor nomination this year due to his performance. But the one performance that I personally deserves it all is Justin Timberlake as wise-cracking, cocaine-addicted Sean Parker, whose contributions to Facebook eventually tear everything apart. Overall, the acting in this movie is flat out superb and mostly unforgettable.

I would like to point out, though, that this IS NOT a kids movie. Despite being about Facebook and its creation, the main setting is in college, in which it shows the sexual and alcoholic side of college everyone has heard about. This movie is more for mature 13 year olds and up, but could also be for ages 15 and up since the movie, despite being a mear 2 hours at length can get a bit draggy for those who can't handle slow and thinking movies. But overall, for those who are very mature and can handle movies like this, then they will enjoy seeing The Social Network.

I can keep going on praising The Social Network all day if I wanted to, but for this review, I wanted to just share the main keys of the greatness of this movie. David Fincher will also be a shoe-in for a Best Director nomination, since he was the main reason of how this movie became possible. This movie is unlike any of the other blockbusters this year like Toy Story 3 and Inception, yet it still has that blockbuster movie feeling despite the serious looking trailers. But just to sum everything up, The Social Network is one of the must sees of the fall movie season. So if you like facebook, have a great taste in movies, or just enjoy dramedies, then you might want to log on to The Social Network.



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  1. I was looking forward to this film and I had fun watching it, but as I thought about it after-wards, all I could remember were the squandered opportunities the film had to actually tell a moving story about friendship and loyalty that got wrecked by a cool business venture that became much too successful way too quickly.


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