the first word,
first breath, first sentence this compulsively watchable film announces itself
as a masterpiece by Aaron Sorkin. The Social Network has little to do
with how Facebook was created. It is a story about friendship, loyalty, class
and ambition. The film was directed
by David Fincher, famous for his one hundred takes, who expects nothing but
perfection. That is what he has achieved in this brilliant film.
is Mark Zuckerberg, brilliantly played by Jessie Eisenberg. Zuckerberg is
oblivious to social situations. We never see him smile, raise his voice or show
any human emotion at all.
Zuckerberg and his best friend Eduardo Saverin (played by Andrew Garfield) as
19 year old students at Harvard. The story interweaves the tale of their
friendship to show the once best friends ultimately having to talk through
their lawyers. The climactic scene of their falling out actually packs so much
emotional punch that you can't help but see what brilliant actors both
Eisenberg and Garfield are.
plays Sean Parker (creator of Napster) as the "mistress" who breaks
up Zuckerberg and Saverin. Parker seduces Zuckerberg with the high life in
California. Timberlake also plays his role flawlessly. Watching these three
actors together is like seeing a tennis match between Borg and McEnroe....you
know you are seeing genius.
and Jesse Eisenberg were nominated for Golden Globe Awards. The picture itself
won Best Drama, Best Director and Best Screenplay. The Social Network
was also nominated for eight Academy Awards. Aaron Sorkin won best screenplay.
The soundtrack also won. Eisenberg was nominated for best actor. I personally
believe it was the scene that Eisenberg was in with David Selby playing Gage
(defense lawyer for the Winklevoss twins, also suing Zuckerberg) that made the
Academy take notice of his incredible performance. David Selby, mostly known
for his work in Dark Shadows and Falcon Crest, has had a wonderful career on
the stage, TV and films. But this work of art; this piece of history, must have
been very special for him.
As a person
degree in Film Studies, I ask myself "why aren't they making films like The
Graduate, The Godfather, or One Flew over the Cuckoo's Nest
anymore?" Then I saw The
Social Network and realized that every now and then they do.