Running Time: 2 hr.
Release Date: October 1st 2010 (wide)
MPAA Rating: PG-13 for sexual content, drug and alcohol use and language.
Distributors: Columbia TriStar Motion Picture Group
Director: David Fincher
JJ Rating: A+
See It Again: Yes, yes and yes.
Own It: Yeah!
Recommend It To: Those that enjoy quick wit, fast talking and great vs. mentality without any action…this film’s for you.
How Facebook became Facebook. The Social Network.
Extremely jealous I didn’t write this screenplay. I’m not really into comparisons of this film with other films. I’ve read and heard The Social Network compared to Citizen Kane, and I can see it. Citizen Kane is one of my favorite movies of all time. I love the power use of word in that film. That is how The Social Network rolls as well. People act as if we haven’t seen such a film that uses words in such a matter in a long time, but it’s only been 2 years since Doubt. That movie used words like a magic show of what is and isn’t going on, throughout the entire film. I love these kinds of movies, because I can watch them over and over again, absorb their fantastic wowing word use, and only strive to be as good.
The Social Network makes me want to read Ben Mezrich’s The Accidental Billionaires. With a script that has biting wit that surely makes vampires jealous, Aaron Sorkin does not disappoint. I couldn’t stop listening to the words that just shot out from the screen at amazing speed. I wanted it to continue longer than two hours. There were some things I’d laugh at that others in the theater just didn’t get or they weren't fast enough to catch. Love, love, love this movie.
The sharp wit cut through the boring and carried 100% talking film without a single moment of yawning. I love dark humor and sharp wit that slices the weak-minded people in two. I swear those that don’t like it are the dull and the slow.
Jesse Eisenberg did a great job of mirroring what Mark Zuckerberg seemed to be like. He was so hard hitting with line after line after line with anyone in the film. The slight shift of whom he was afraid of happens in how slow he became with the words, how he stumbled or lost confidence. I enjoyed his acting immensely. Every scene that he was in he made you know that he existed, not a single wallflower moment. Especially any scene when he’s questioned by the lawyers, because that’s when he is the most irritated and on par.
Andrew Garfield as Eduardo Saverin did a fantastic job. He displayed an attentive acuity to seeing how his success bothered Eisenberg as Zuckerberg. That subtle acting is sensational because many overlook it. His amazing simple look gave information about the character without telling. Garfield’s to be the new Spider-Man. I’m impressed with his acting skills, can totally see him filling the suit and slinging around with as much wit, and might as Spidey does in Marvel Comic books.
Justin Timberlake as Sean Parker seemed to be lost in his own stupid, which was totally character driven. Timberlake did a stupendous job on that account. I think Parker was smart and could have been a massive help if he didn’t have the infection of drugged, sexed-crazed dumbness in him.
Arnie Hammer played the Winklevoss Twins. Haha, I feel so dumb. I thought they were actual twin actors. For some reason it just didn’t dawn on me that it could be one single actor. I guess that’s a testament to how great he did and how wonderful the effects of using one actor twice in a scene aren’t that noticeable for the “average” viewer. He convinced me there were actually twins, when it was just him. Therefore, Mr. Hammer did an awesome job, though it made me feel stupid.
Hands off to David Fincher for the vs. mentality with Zuckerberg vs. Eduardo, then Eduardo vs. Parker, Zukerberg vs. the Winklevi and finally the best Zuckerberg vs. Lawyers. It’s just great to watch. The back and forth between past and present worked well for me. I caught on right away. I loved not being coddled with a silly time stamp of when we were.
Listing favorite scenes would be endless and I’d eventually go through the entire film. No spoilers are my rule, and I’m sticking to it. Every favorite scene has Zuckerberg in it. Eisenberg has a quirk that works so well with this film, the ability to deliver sarcasm and sardonic wit without wiping his brow. The scene when he’s asked if he was paying attention had me nodding my head. Here’s a line from that moment.
“I think if your clients want to sit on my shoulders and call themselves tall, they have the right to give it a try - but there's no requirement that I enjoy sitting here listening to people lie. You have part of my attention - you have the minimum amount. The rest of my attention is back at the offices of Facebook, where my colleagues and I are doing things that no one in this room, including and especially your clients, are intellectually or creatively capable of doing.” Mark Zuckerberg - from The Social Network
I just watched in awe during that scene. Those other guys met their match and they couldn’t stand a single moment. The creation of Facebook happened in one mind and one mind only: Zuckerberg. The fact that he is a, for a lack of a better term, jackass doesn’t mean that he was wrong or is wrong about what he has done in creating Facebook. You can dislike someone until you’re blue in the face, but that doesn’t mean they are at fault for anything other than your bias thoughts.
However, Zuckerberg, according to this film and the book (I’d assume), was not good on the friend level. He did some things that he really shouldn’t have done to Eduardo. However, Eduardo should realize, in the film, that Parker helped no matter how disgusting his actions might be. Parker had a hand in making Facebook what it is. It’s sad for me to watch two people stop being friends over a minor thing. It was minor, in the end. They both had pride that they couldn’t get over. Zuckerberg had his eyes on “the prize” and didn’t pay attention to how he treated others along the way. That treatment didn’t really matter until it happened to a close friend. Eduardo failed to take into consideration what was affecting Zuckerberg’s actions and address it head on. The majority of the fault does fall on Zuckerberg, but I can’t fault all on him. I’ve been through friendships like this and it sucks because I may want to be friends again, but the other person refuses to see past their wrong to how they could fix it all.
I don’t know who is with me, but that girlfriend of Zuckerberg’s at the beginning, she was not a victim in the pure sense of the word.
I see Oscars for The Social Network in so many categories. I don’t know if it’ll be a win in the soundtrack area, but it has a chance. I think Inception has the better chance, so far. The acting beats Inception for a few reasons I’ll save until the right time. I think it has the chance of being the most nominated film this go around. I don’t understand how it could not be, especially for adapted screenplay.
I don’t often push movies, but I’m pushing this one. See The Social Network because it’ll be worth whatever price you pay if you’re into great movies with just words no action. It was worth seeing in Time Square, for me. But all I had to do was walk up stairs with a hurt foot from over-walking. My brother was kind enough to pay the exuberant amount of money they asked for. He’s nice like that, sometimes. I can state that The Social Network is worth walking up three flights of stairs on a hurt foot to see. That’s my endorsement for the greatness of The Social Network.
Mark Twain sums up this movie quite well, and he's never seen it, go figure.
“Man will do many things to get himself loved, he will do all things to get himself envied.” - Mark Twain -- Following the Equator
That not only sums up the movie and how Facebook was created, it wraps Zuckerberg up like a nicely gifted present. That Mark Twain knew far more than just his now.
I write like: Cory Doctorow