Saturday, October 2, 2010

The Social Network!

This is the story about the founders of the social-networking website, Facebook, starring Jesse Eisenberg (Zombieland, Adventureland) as founder Mark Zuckerberg and Zachary Garfield (Spider-Man Reboot, Never Let Me Go) as co-founder and CFO Eduardo Saverin. Screenplay was written by Aaron Sorkin (A Few Good Men, West Wing, Sports Night), and the film was directed by David Fincher, who directed some of my favorite movies, such as Fight Club, Se7en, and Panic Room. He most recently directed The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, and is currently working on The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo starring Daniel Craig (Casino Royale, Quantum of Solace) and Rooney Mara (The Social Network, A Nightmare on Elm St.) and is currently scheduled for release on December 21st 2011.
The Social Network already has some Oscar buzz surrounding it as we get to that time of year when the nominating committee tends to start paying the most attention. To get as close to the most accurate story, Fincher and Sorkin took their story from three separate points of view. The movie develops as a story told through the depositions of two separate and simultaneous lawsuits that were brought against Mark Zuckerberg.
It started with Mark getting dumped by his girl friend Erica Albright, played by Rooney Mara. As he is drunkenly badmouthing her through his blog, he comes up with a program that takes pictures of two girls from the surrounding schools and has people rate which one is hotter. The pictures he obtained were through hacking different college student directories.
Impressed with his work, the Winklevoss brothers ask him to develop a private social network only for Harvard students. Agrees to do so, but never actually works on it, instead Mark decides to work on his own social networking site with his friend Eduardo while pretending to work on the other site. After the launch of Facebook, realizing he didn’t work on theirs, and after the site starts expanding rapidly, the Winklevoss’ decide to sue Mark Zuckerberg for his first suit against him.
As CFO Eduardo wants to start monetizing the Facebook and starts to set up meetings in New York with advertisers. Mark has zero interest in doing this as he feels it cheapens the brand. Only one meeting got Mark excited and that was with Sean Parker, founder of Napster, played by Justin Timberlake (Friends with Benefits, Alpha Dog). With the advice of Sean, Mark moves to California to expand the site to even more schools, and gets some big time investors. Eduardo and Mark start to have a falling out and Eduardo is eventually squeezed out where he then files the second lawsuit against Mark Zuckerberg.
Overall I give it a 4.5 of out 5. I must say I love this movie, I always enjoy movies that are compelling and that are based on true events and that are pretty near how things actually went. This will definitely be near the top of my end of the year rankings. The acting was great, there is much hate for Jesse Eisenberg, many for his close likeness to Michael Cera, and one is enough of him. For me I believe there is enough distinction between them to enjoy them both. A great choice of actors for the characters.
It has a style of writing that I always love, that quick back and forth, and the smooth flow of conversation. A style that you seen in one of my favorite TV shows, Sports Night, and one of my top 3 favorite movies, A Few Good Men, both written by Aaron Sorkin. Not to pile on too much, but music from Trent Reznor, who is from my favorite band, Nine Inch Nails, is the score to this film, and is excellent as well. I would definitely recommend this movie to all.
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