Social Network had very good parentage, and it ended up being one of the best films seen in 2011. It’s based on Aaron Sorkin’s script and directed by David Fincher – both authors that I gladly confess being a spineless fanboy of. Added to the mix were unknown actors that turned out to be excellently cast and a fabulous soundtrack by Trent Reznor. Like I said, one of the best movies in a long while.
The subject is obviously Facebook, the current top dog amongst social networks. But as the film shows, its success was by no means guaranteed, and Mark Zuckerberg had to cut a few corners to even get started. I haven’t read any histories of the subject, so cannot vouch on the veracity level of the plot. The company has remained silent on the subject, so it’s impossible to tell how much creative spin has been injected.
Jesse Eisenberg leads the movie as passionate, yet almost clinically cold future CEO. His take on Mark Zuckerberg seems spot on as a fundamentally driven person learning the ways to be always one step ahead of the competition. Andrew Garfield plays Eduardo Saverin, the straight man investor who gets cheated out of a sizable chunk of the future – his is the most sympathetic character of the bunch. Justin Timberlake’s take on Sean Parker proves the acting chops of the singer – too bad the role is too much of an over-scripted douchebag, he comes off a bit too one-dimensional in the end.
The plot concerns the rise of Facebook – and the main plotline is intercut with scenes from scenes from lawsuit depositions made by yet another wronger party.
The pacing is excellent, script brimming with scathing sarcasm coupled with eagerness. The believable dialogue contains hidden oneliners. The biggest technical achievement – having one actor portray twins who are always on screen together went unnoticed, the face is digitally mapped onto the other actor seamlessly.
And as a further bonus, the planning/implementation stages of the social network are not glossed over. The vocabulary rings true. In a mainstream Hollywood movie that has to be calculated to be a major victory for realism.