Facebook is used hundreds of millions of times a day. There are actual clinically proven studies that show that Facebook and the internet itself have addictive properties. But the goal of Facebook is to connect us to more people. Is that what it really does?
From the opening scene in “The Social Network”, it’s clear that this has broken the barriers of the typical “bio-pic” mainly for the screenplay it has. Aaron Sorkin has established himself as a wonderful writer, penning many famous works like “A Few Good Men” and the TV show “The West Wing”. Here he is in full throttle as he can turn the inventing of a social media site into one of the most interesting and fascinating movies you can find. David Fincher has applied himself to the job of directing and as usual, his fastidious eye makes the movie amazing. The aforementioned opening scene was infamous because of the 99 takes it took to finally appease the director. Even though I’m not technically minded and have no knowledge of computer programming, I was able to follow “The Social Network” with ease. That’s the thing with this movie, it’s not about the programming it’s about the relationships of the people. Who else could turn Mark Zuckerberg’s story into a back-stabbing drama that is filled with incredible sequences of cinematography but Aaron Sorkin and David Fincher? One of the best moments in the movie comes with a techno version of Grieg’s “In the Hall of the Mountain King” played to Olympic rowers racing down a river. Does that sound like a movie solely wrapped around computers?
Aaron Sorkin caught a lot of attention, both positive and negative, because of the way he depicted the man behind the curtain. You have to understand that, like any other writer, Sorkin took some liberties. It is interesting to note that some of the quirks that Sorkin’s version of Zuckerberg have are taken right from interviews and clips of the creator of Facebook. Sorkin may not be perfect but he certainly did his homework. Jesse Eisenberg plays Zuckerberg and does a great job with the eccentric character but I felt that the real acting laid with his co-star Andrew Garfield. Garfield does a sensational job as one of Zuckerberg’s closest friends and advisors Eduardo Saverin. Armie Hammer plays the Wiklevoss twins with some help from his double Josh Pence. It’s this pair of brothers that first starts the action rolling and from their cue it never stops until the camera slowly zooms out and the credits roll. It’s sort of on epic tale but rearranged to meet the criteria to still remain relevant.
Betrayal, mistrust, lust—all of these abound in “The Social Network”.
The meaning and purpose of Facebook itself is brought back around in the final seconds of the film, and we have to ask ourselves if we are truly more connected to the world or more distant.
This is a fantastic movie with much to offer.
Score: 4 out of 4 stars