The Social Network — Review #JPMN
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The Social Network — Review #JPMN

Released on October 1, 2010 – and brand new
to DVD this week, this extremely well-written film directed by David Fincher is a biographical
drama that chronicles the rise of, and it’s CEO, Mark Zuckerberg. The screenplay
for the movie was brilliantly written by Hollywood veteran Aaron Sorkin, who adapted the story
from the 2009 book, “The Accidental Billionaires” – which itself tells the true story of how
Zuckerberg “borrowed” a simple idea, and turned it into one of the world’s largest websites
– to become the world’s youngest billionaire at age 26. Almost a dead-ringer for the real
Zuckerberg, Jesse Eisenberg does an absolutely fantastic job with Sorkin’s quick-dialog,
portraying just the right amount of excitement and sarcasm needed for the character. Andrew
Garfield and Justin Timberlake round-out the supporting cast with equally stellar performances,
as Timberlake is quickly making a legitimate run at a great acting career. While almost
the entire 121 minute runtime is spent listening to people talk and argue back and forth, the
real entertainment here comes from watching, and learning about the humble beginnings of
Zuckerberg’s success. Personally, I first heard about TheFacebook my first week of college
in September 2004 – back then, less than 25 schools were allowed on. I remember how game-changing
it was to be able to meet someone new in class, and then go back to your dorm room and to
see if they were dating anyone, or what their last name was etc – so for me, for me, it
was great to be able to re-live the early days of the site, it really brought back many
great memories. But my fond nostalgia wasn’t enough to blind me from some of the films
faults. Sure, the dialog is amazingly well-written, but like most of Sorkin’s work – it’s almost
*too* well-written, with some character exchanges feeling unrealistic, and almost rehearsed.
Sadly though, that’s the entire movie: people eloquently talking to each other for two hours.
When the climax finally does arrive, it is satisfying from an emotional standpoint, but
you can’t help but want more from this film. Obviously, as with any non-fiction tale, “The
Social Network” is bond to the confines of actual history… leaving it up to the on-screen
text at the end of the movie to fill in the ending to the whole story. That being said
however, the film is refreshingly engaging and engrossing, expertly interweaving the
narratives of both Facebook’s genesis, and Zuckerberg’s many legal battles over it’s
founding several years later. On an visual-effects note, two of the characters in the film, the
Winklevoss twins, are both portrayed by the same actor, using some expert CGI work you
wouldn’t have known existed, had I not told you about it. “The Social Network” — Expertly
written, but nothing remarkable. Now that you’ve heard my review, lets read some of
yours. Now that we’ve seen your reviews, lets see
how “The Social Network” ranks on The Rate-O-Matic… an EIGHT and a NINE. Sure, this was an expertly
made film, but at times, it felt more like a documentary than a compelling drama… it
was just missing something to put it over the edge, I scored it a GREAT. You folks mostly
agreed, heavily praising the quick-writing and acting, scoring it an AWESOME.

7 thoughts on “The Social Network — Review #JPMN

  1. I was fully invested from beginning to end. I have seen it multiple times and I can never get enough of it. 10/10 for me.

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