Film Review- The Social Network (2010) The untold and at times fictionalised account of the rise of Facebook and Mark Zuckerberg. Oscar Winner, Golden Globe Winner and from one of my favourite directors. Social Network has a gritty tone with a slightly dark appearance. It’s weird when you imagine that this film is about a Havard Student starting from nothing to having a net worth $14.7 Billion and still be a dark and gritty film.
Plot- Mark Zuckerberg (Jesse Eisenberg) gets dumped by his girlfriend at the beginning of the film and this makes him get drunk and create a website called Facemash.com and starts to bitch about his ex via a blog. This gets Notoriety with other Havard Students such as the Winklevoss Twins (Armie Hammer) and ask him to make a social network site exclusive to Havard Students. However Zuckerberg with the help of his friend Eduardo Saverin (Andrew Garfield) creates “The Facebook”. From there he meets Napster Creator Sean Parker (Justin Timberlake) and the rise of Facebook goes through internal conflicts and problems. The film tracks not just Facebook’s rise but also two lawsuits against Zuckerberg at the same time. Eduardo sues Zuckerberg and also the Winklevoss twins.
Review- (Fincher Fans Voice) “Fincher’s a sell out” “he’s making a big hollywood movie” “Homo!”
NO, your completely wrong, this feels exactly like a Fincher film, because it doesn’t have murder or some capitalist rhetoric. This has the exact tone of a Fincher film. A film about the rise of Facebook according to this film is not a happy one. And Fincher uses everything to remind of this. The lighting is very dark, it is very rare to see a scene in this movie that is fully lit. Thinking about it, every scene has a dim tone and slightly warm dark appearance. This film is dark. It’s haunting, exemplified by the soundtrack, which the title track, “Hands Cover Bruise” is one of the best film tracks I’ve ever heard. It is so haunting and fits the tone of the film so well, that when you listen to it without the aid of the film, it’s create an image from the The Social Network. For me it’s Zuckerberg running through the snow. The soundtrack is just awesome because it fits the film just like a jigsaw. Fincher’s Auteur hands has grabbed this film and created a tone that couldn’t of been done by anyone else. He pulls it of so well and is the reason why this isn’t your typical Hollywood movie, it isn’t a sell out. Yes it’s a biopic of a billionaire, but it has so many fincher’s key themes that it is one of the best fincher films. you have the dark tone, the anti hero, the unhappy ending. This is a prime example of Fincher as a director and anybody says any different needs to go back to their small little room and re watch it.
Enough of Fincher, The actors are brilliant in here, especially Jesse Eisenberg and Andrew Garfield. Two rising stars. Eisenberg creates a character that you can hate but you can also really like too. He is small in stature but he takes over every scene that he is in. He creates this presence that is just hypnotic and fully deserved the Oscar. Garfield is becoming one of the hottest tickets at the moment and this film was his spring board. It’s a character we all sympathise with even though he’s suing the hero of the film. Garfield is the emotion of the film, because the limitation for Eisenberg is that Zuckerberg in this film holds back on his emotion, he is very conserved. However Garfield has a lot of scenes where he feels left out and ostracised. Garfield portrays Saverin with such emotion he sort of becomes the second hero. Great performances by all the cast, I would of loved to see more of Rooney Mara though.
The story is good and well plotted out but there is one massive problem with the script, it’s mostly fictitious. The lawsuits are real, the characters are real, the Facebook is real but the way all of these events turned out with mostly fake. Just created for entertainment. It’s a shame that this story didn’t need the facebook name. It only had it just so it could be a guaranteed blockbuster. I understand that events had to be fictionalised because who wants to see 4 “nerds” “writing code and eating Pizza for 2 hours.” However it does annoy me when it says it’s a biopic or a film based on someone when the actual truth is that it’s entirely made up. (For Example Texas Chainsaw Massacre 99% made up) Once you shy away from the truth and start to enjoy it. it becomes a great film with a great plot, that has feeling and emotion. It has a hero that has negative qualities but you can spot that Zuckerberg does have a heart. Especially the ending because it’s sad but also happy. It’s non conclusive but in a way it is. It’s a “non Hollywood” ending that is very weird but I love it. The writing is amazing, it’s sharp and witty and at time funny. Brilliant scenes in this movie and the script, which is shamefully fake but it is still amazing. One of the best.
Overall- The film is great, great tone, great look, great performances, amazing music, brilliant ending. Annoyed at the “truth” it tries to present. I would of liked to see Zuckerberg have slightly more redeeming features because at times it portrays him as a nasty peice of work but it actual fact, this is a guy that yes he has screwed a few people but he is a genius that is unique to this world and is not blinded by money, He created Facebook not because of getting girls but because of he likes building things. If you were going to create a fake Zuckerberg make him at least a little bit more likeable. At times it’s a slow, But I can’t fault it;s tone, or look. It’s not the typical rags to riches story. It’s a chilling, haunting and magnificent film that proudly sits on my DVD shelf. Note I do love the “attention scene” one of my favourite moments in film. Film Rating- 8.5/10