Review – The Social Network

When I first head they were making a Facebook movie I thought it was going to be some lame romantic comedy in the same vein as ‘Valentine’s Day’ or ‘Love Actually’ where dozens of storylines and characters interconnect into a romantic comedy mush thanks to Facebook (that movie is probably still in the works). Once I head it was being directed by David Fincher, that idea went out the window and the result is a terrific piece of drama that could be ripped from the pages of a Shakespearian tragedy with a few clicks of the ‘like’ button.

The Social Network tells the story of the creation of Facebook and the subsequent drama that follows when legal disputes arise and friends become enemies. Director David Fincher directs the film with ease and lets his young cast flex their acting muscles and get the audience hooked on the drama. The performances are solid from a young cast of unknowns especially Jesse Eisenberg who plays Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg. Zuckerberg is a very unlikeable character but Eisenberg plays him with a lot of empathy and maturity, expect Eisenberg to pick up some award nominations for this performance. Another mention has to go to Andrew Garfield as Eduardo Saverin the original CFO of Facebook and Mark Zuckerbergs only friend who ends up suing him. Garfield on the surface looks like a baby but like Eisenberg has a maturity beyond his years that translates into a fine performance, this bloke is lined up to play Spiderman in Sony Pictures re-boot and things are looking good.

If there is a sure thing at this year’s Oscars it’s that Aaron Sorkin will get a screenwriting gong. The script is tight, the dialogue is snappy and the story is engaging enough to keep you hanging on till the end. The problem with this movie is that you know the ending. Luckily Sorkin finds the drama and invests time in developing the characters to give you a clear picture of their motivations and what leads them to make the decisions they do.  Another thing that’s great about the Social Network is the subtle score by Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross that throbs in the background and hits its some great dramatic beats at the right time.

Overall The Social Network is a fine piece of drama that highlights the power of an idea and the price of friendship when billions of dollars are added into the mix. A great movie that tells the story of a nerd that changed the world, expect Oscars.

4/5
The Popcorn Junkie

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