EW Description: “We don’t know if Facebook’s birth was actually as scandalous as this big-screen retelling. But we do know that the button-pushing Social Network needs to land on your social calendar right now.”
I’ve seen this movie two times now and it is absolutely phenomenal. For those of you who don’t know, here is the basic plot.
Mark Zuckerberg (Jesse Eisenberg) was a Harvard student who got dumped by his girlfriend (Rooney Mara) and decided to get revenge by starting a new website facemash, which was a basic hot or not ranking system. Eventually, he came up with the idea for thefacebook.com, which would later become facebook. His best friend and business partner Eduardo Saverin (Andrew Garfield, a.k.a. the new Spiderman) ended up getting screwed over and brings forth one of the two law suits that make up the film. The other one is brought forth by the Winklevoss twins (both played by Armie Hammer with Josh Pence standing in as a body double), who claim Zuckerberg stole the idea for facebook from them. The movie is made up of the depositions from the two law suits switching back and forth with flashbacks to the start of facebook. Justin Timberlake also co-stars as Sean Parker, founder of Napster and rival for Eduardo.
The film was directed by the fabulous David Fincher (Fight Club, Zodiac) and written by the genius Aaron Sorkin (The West Wing). The pacing of the film is absolutely perfect. It is paced like a thriller and the score from Trent Reznor of Nine Inch Nails is absolutely phenomenal. Fincher’s knack for detail is astounding and is the perfect complement to Sorkin’s script. Sorkin writes with such quick wit and cleverness. All of the actors manage to deliver the lines with the sharpness they deserve.
The wealth of young talent in this film is truly fantastic. I firmly believe a Best Actor nod for Eisenberg is well-deserved. In the hands of a less capable actor, Zuckerberg would just come across as the stereotypical villain. It is not a particularly flattering portrayal of him, but Eisenberg manages to bring some sympathy to an otherwise unsympathetic character. I would also love to see Timberlake get nominated for Best Supporting Actor. Parker could easily be just another sleazeball, but Timberlake does wonderful with him. At times, he is dripping with charm. At other times, he has this undercurrent of psychosis that shows him as completely paranoid and delusional. There truly isn’t a weak link in the entire film. Come February, be prepared to hear this film announced quite often at the Oscars.