David Fincher’s and Aaron Sorkin’s ‘The Social Network’ is in my opinion, one of the pinnacles of cinema, and not just in the 2000’s. This biopic surrounds the early life of genius, billionaire and founder of Facebook, Mark Zuckerburg. In the film we see him experience all sorts of things, all whilst being on an unstoppable mission to be the best there is.
Mark (fantastically played by Jesse Eisenberg) after being broken up with by Erica Albricht (Rooney Mara) designs a program that allows students to compare females with each other. After causing outrage and conferring with the Winklevoss Twins (Arnie Hammer) who have an idea for the next big thing, everything begins to breakdown.
One fantastic thing this film does is manages to create sympathy for Mark but snatches it away so cruelly. Everything he does is juxtaposed, he embarrasses Erica for everyone to see, and he is equally attacked for his actions. He becomes successful, but he pushes Eduardo (Andrew Garfield), his closest friend and partner, away from him and out of the company, causing him to sue come the end of the film.
The real highlight of this film is Aaron Sorkin’s screenplay. The way he writes is like clock work. Every sentence truly comes to life, the dialogue is damn natural and so real. Not only does it grip you, but it allows you to form real opinions about the characters and really get attached. Fincher’s directing is also brilliant, but no surprises there…
The casting here is also fantastic. Jesse Eisenberg thrived as Zuckerberg really bring hime to life. Andrew Garfield played Eduardo fantastically and Justin Timberlake did great too as Sean Parker, despite all of my expectations.
Overall, I love this film. It is one of my all time favourites. It’s a pleasure to watch every time, not only is the dialogue brilliant but it’s a feast for the eyes too. It also tells a brilliantly relevant story, perhaps more relevant than when first released. It portrays the possibilities that technology isn’t always a good thing. Not only that but the world wasn’t necessarily ready for Facebook, and that over the years the platform has been misused not only by the public and by it’s higher power, such as Zuckerberg itself. The film itself, adapted by Sorkin from ‘The Accidental Billionaires’ by Ben Mezrich, is not necessarily completely accurate of the companies university origins. People say that it displays Mark as completely misogynistic by fictionalising him, however it makes for a brilliant film.
Words by Jack Horsley.