#165 / 365 – ‘The Social Network’ (2010) – 120 mins
IMDb Challenge #98 / 250 – Ranked #150 – Via DVD Collection
Every age has its visionaries who leave, in the wake of their genius, a changed world–but rarely without a battle over exactly what happened and who was there at the moment of creation. “The Social Network” explores the moment at which Facebook was invented–through the warring perspectives of the super-smart young men who each claimed to be there at its inception. The movie moves from the halls of Harvard to the cubicles of Palo Alto to capture the heady early days of a culture-changing phenomenon in the making–and the way it both pulled a group of young revolutionaries together and then split them apart. In the midst of the chaos are Mark Zuckerberg (Jesse Eisenberg), the brilliant Harvard student who conceived a Web site; Eduardo Saverin (Andrew Garfield), once Zuckerberg’s close friend, who provided the seed money for the fledgling company; Napster founder Sean Parker (Justin Timberlake), who brought Facebook to Silicon Valley’s venture capitalists; and the Winklevoss twins (Armie Hammer), the Harvard classmates who asserted that Zuckerberg stole their idea and then sued him for ownership of it.
Like Facebook to many of its 500 million users, David Fincher’s enthralling movie about its origins and subsequent lawsuits is totally addictive throughout. Being a Fincher movie, he was always to going to give the film some great striking visual style and he bathes everything in a level of murkiness against subtly dark and brilliant score from Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross. Fincher also paces this film with such swiftness that you’ll hardly ever realize that its two hour runtime has passed.
Much of this electrifying pace is mainly down to that of Aaron Sorkin’s razor sharp screenplay to which the film is nothing without it. Sorkin has he did in ‘A Few Good Men’ which is another of my best loved films, has a very stylized way of scripting dialogue. Here it’s a case of miss it, you need to stop, catch your breath and rewind, especially during the opening scene where the scintillating exchange between Zukerberg and his girlfriend cracks back and forth like a tennis match.
Great films improve with subsequent viewings and everything in The Social Network will leave you wanting to watch it again straight away, and is why I ranked this modern masterpiece as the third best film of 2010 – where you will definitely reaching for that ‘LIKE’ button come its final credits.