The Social Network
Release Year: 2010
Director: David Fincher
Writers: Aaron Sorkin (screenplay), Ben Mezrich (book The Accidental Billionaires)
Starring: Jesse Eisenberg, Andrew Garfield, Justin Timberlake, Armie Hammer, Max Minghella, Rooney Mara
Rating: Won 3 Oscars: Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Editing, Best Score. Nominated for 5 Oscars: Best Picture, Best Director, Best Cinematography, Best Sound Mixing. Won 4 Golden Globes: Best motion Picture – Drama, Best Director, Best Screenplay, Best Score. Nominated for 2 Golden Globes: Best Actor – Drama (Jesse Eisenberg), Best Supporting Actor (Andrew Garfield).
An account of Mark Zuckerberg and the foundation and early years of Facebook told through two subsequent lawsuits.
Condescendingly called “the Facebook movie” prior to its release, David Fincher’s take on the beginnings of a social media site that would change the way we interact drastically, was soon lauded as Fincher’s films often are, but was surrounded by less enthusiasm than is usually the case. Perhaps this reflects the nature of the film: a meticulously told film with a broken narrative structure, hardly the nailbitingly intense thrill ride that Fincher usually takes us on. But underneath its flawless veneer of technical expertise (and a bloody brilliant original score), The Social Network is truly important film, and one that could easily grow in estimation decades from now as a defining film of our era. Now six years old, The Social Network was perhaps done to soon after the triumphant launch of Facebook to stir up the reflection it invites, and as is often the case with depections of events witnessed by still young and active real life people, the discussion often descend into “how much of it is true” territory. Eisenberg (Now You See Me, 2013) is perfectly cast, tapping into his own experience with battling his OCD as a young man, and the part catapulted him onto the lips of film fans everywhere. Rooney Mara, who appears in a few scenes, also caught the public’s attention, and as if that wasn’t enough both Garfield (The Amazing Spider-Man, 2012) and Hammer (Mirror Mirror, 2012) broke through with this film. The cast in other words foresaw some of the budding star names and the freshness and talent of the cast suits an otherwise cold film. Scripted by the always entertaining word-smith Aaron Sorkin, the film is extremely verbose, sounds and looks stunning, and gives a fascinating insight into something most of us use daily, and the brilliant, lonely, arrogant, and somewhat douchy man who created it. Highly recommended, but especially to fans of Fincher’s other Work.
Mark Zuckerberg originally intended not to see the movie at all but eventually took a number og facebook employees to see it. He later remarked that despite some inaccuracies in the film, they got his clothing right.
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