Movie Review – The Social Network (2010)

The Social NetworkThe Social Network (2010)

A story about the founders of the social-networking website, Facebook.

Director: David Fincher

Jesse Eisenberg, Andrew Garfield and Justin Timberlake

First off, when I saw that David Fincher was directing, it was a no-brainer for me. He was responsible for some movies that you may have heard of before – Se7en, Fight Club, The Game and plenty more. Yes, I know that The Game should not be mentioned in the same breath as the others, but it was pretty good. Of course, Fincher is also directing the remake of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. Not sure why it needs to be remade anyway, but we have no say in what Hollywood does anymore, so we just need to go with the flow.

Jesse Eisenberg played a great role as Mark Zuckerberg, credited as the founder of Facebook. He has been in a ton of movies, but my other favorite role of his was the character Columbus in Zombieland.

Another standout role was from Justin Timberlake as Sean Parker. For non-nerds, Sean Parker is an Internet entrepreneur. He co-founded Napster, Plaxo, and Causes, and was a part of Facebook. He reportedly continues to assist Facebook in an unofficial capacity. As far as Timberlake goes, he did a great job, although the character of Sean Parker is much different than the real Sean Parker.

Also as a side note, David Fincher enjoyed working with Rooney Mara so much, he cast her in the highly coveted role of Lisbeth Salander in The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011).

As far as the film in general goes, it is easily one of my favorite releases of the year. I know that most will completely disagree with me, but the film was done well and kept me wanting to see what was going to happen next. Of course, being a nerd, I was well aware of Facebook and Mark Zuckerberg, and while the story does stray from the actual beginnings of Facebook, it was intriguing.
Kudos go out to David Fincher for making a biographical movie not feel like one in any way. The pace is anything but what you would expect in a biographical film. Also, I think that the film lets the viewer make up their own mind as to whom the good guys and the bad guys are. Based on the book The Accidental Billionaires: The Founding of Facebook, A Tale of Sex, Money, Genius, and Betrayal by Ben Mezerich, The Social Network tells the slightly fictional and mostly factual story of the founding of Facebook.

I know that this is a film that I will revisit often. I have already watched it twice in the theater, so I know that many more views are on the way once I can get my grubby little hands on the DVD.

The music is also worth mentioning. It was ccored by Trent Reznor and composer Atticus Ross. The score never overpowers you, but it is always present and original. The music just fits. It probably would sound out of place in any other movie, but for The Social Network, it just fits.

Overall, this movie was an excellent movie that I think that everyone can enjoy, so nerds and non-nerds rejoice and enjoy a wonderful film.