The Social Network.
An undergrad at Harvard in 2003, Mark Zuckerberg (Jesse Eisenberg)
wants nothing more than to be BIG, to accomplish something impressive
with his life. After drawing the ire of the administration for creating a
program that had students compare how "hot" other students were, Mark
is approached by a Final Club and agrees to create a networking site so
Harvard students can link up. Some 42 days later with financial backing
from friend/roommate Eduardo Saverin (Andrew Garfield),
Mark goes live with his own site, a slightly tweaked version of the one
he was asked to do. Word spreads and students start to join his own
social networking site, the Facebook, until it becomes an Internet
juggernaut. But success, fame and an ever-growing successful site
threaten to make Mark's supposedly genuine intentions something much
I'm slightly embarrassed to write what I'm about to write, but here
goes. I joined Facebook in fall of 2004 as an undergrad at Indiana
University, and in the 8 years since, it has seemingly changed, evolved
and developed into an Internet monstrosity. It's weird to get so
nostalgic about something that happened so recently. Ah, the good old
days when you had to have a college/university e-mail address to even
create a profile on Facebook. Now, anyone from your grandparents to your
little cousins can be on the damn thing. Seeing a movie about that
development -- relationship statuses, the Wall, tagging, pictures -- is
More than that though, throwing aside that quasi-nostalgia value,
this is just a good movie. The intrigue, betrayals and backstabbing that
made Facebook what it is today provides quite a backdrop for the story.
Armie Hammer plays a dual role, Tyler and Cameron Vinklevoss, the Harvard crew team twins, who with their friend, Divya (Max Minghella),
present Mark with their idea for the networking site. So starts the
process that turns Facebook into a multi-billion dollar idea. Without
giving away any details or twists, the story is far more complicated
than I ever thought/knew. It's fascinating to watch in a way I never
thought crazy, addicting old Facebook ever could be.
The crux and heart of the movie is the relationship between
Zuckerberg and Eduardo, both Eisenberg and Garfield delivering great
performances. As presented here (and supposedly what he's like in real
life), Zuckerberg is an individual who is easy to HATE. Condescending,
passive aggressive, pretentious, a know-it-all, and in general, an
a-hole, Zuckerberg is a despicable individual. Okay, that may be harsh,
but I intensely disliked him. Through it all (well, mostly), Garfield's
Eduardo sticks by him as their site grows even when Mark seems to be
doing his best to piss him off and drive him away. Hate or love them,
the performances are great. Also look for a scene-stealing Justin Timberlake as Sean Parker, the eccentric Napster founder who works with Mark as Facebook grows. Rashida Jones has a good part as a lawyer involved in the cases that ensues while Rooney Mara makes a memorable appearance as Erica, Mark's girlfriend and then ex-girlfriend.
Director David Fincher has certainly been on a hot streak recently including this film, The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, Zodiac, and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button. He was nominated for Best Director (losing to Tom Hooper for The King's Speech), as was the film but lost there too. His shooting style is present again, dark and shadowy. He's working with a script from Aaron Sorkin -- never a bad thing -- and the style and dialogue is quick and snappy. The story is told via two separate flashbacks so we see a plan come together and then from the flashbacks know it won't go smoothly. The music comes from Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross, the score in incredibly subtle fashion backing the story up.
Not just that Facebook movie, this was a very good movie, one I wish I hadn't been so stubborn about. Now off to see if I have any new notifications!
The Social Network <---trailer (2010): ***/****