The Social Network
Last Thursday night my COR class went to see the movie “The Social Network” directed by David Fincher. As they say in newspaper critiques, I give it “Two thumbs way up”. I enjoyed every minute of the movie. It kept you guessing throughout the movie with its many conflicts mainly amongst the main characters. It’s not an action packed movie at all but keeps you interested all the way to the end.
“The Social Network” is the story behind the making of the internet obsession Facebook. It is also about how many conflicts came about for the creator of Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg played by Jesse Eisenberg, during the development of this network. The movie starts on the campus of Harvard University in the fall of 2003. At this point we really figure out how smart Mark Zuckerberg is when he creates a website in one night that rated girls on how they looked compared to one another. In this one night the site received 22,000 hits and crashed the Harvard computer network. During the making of this site we meet the future CFO of Facebook, Eduardo Saverin played by Andrew Garfield. Eduardo was the best friend of Zuckerberg. He had a lot of money to start up the website and often did provide any amount to do so. After Zuckerberg noticed that Facebook was growing very rapidly, he decided that he needed to expand. When Zuckerberg and Eduardo decided to go look for advertisement, they set up a meeting with Sean Parker the creator of Napster. Parker, played by Justin Timberlake, is kind of a loose cannon but has many good ideas to make the site more successful including the idea of changing the name from “The Facebook”, to just “Facebook”. Parker persuades Zuckerberg to move to California, this is where the big problems begin to start for all three of the characters. Lawsuits start coming in from everyone throughout the movie and ultimately make up the story line.
Jesse Eisenberg, who played Mark Zuckerberg, portrayed him very well. It seemed like he was very in touch with the part he had in the movie. After seeing many videos of Zuckerberg, I noticed how well Eisenberg acted. Every action that Zuckerberg does in his interviews is shown through Eisenberg’s acting. All the actors did a great job of portraying the people that they were acting like. Justin Timberlake, who played Sean Parker, played the role as party boy very well and showed that Parker was a manipulative loose cannon. Andrew Garfield, who played Eduardo Saverin, played the role of the nice guy. Throughout the movie I had the most trust in Eduardo because of the way Garfield acted the part correctly.
I liked how this movie kept me guessing. You never knew what was going to happen next. The movie had a great cast who portrayed their characters very well. The movie is very fast moving and you have to pay attention throughout the entire film to understand everything. The good thing about the fast pace is that there is never a dull moment in the movie. The clashing of the main characters is very entertaining. The only thing I didn’t like about the movie is that it could be confusing if it didn’t have your full attention. If you looked away from the screen at all you could miss something very important.
The message I got from this movie was don’t trust anyone when it comes to money and credit. I think this message will be thought by many viewers of this film. All the manipulation that goes on really gives it this theme.
I believe this movie would be liked by anyone who has a Facebook, or who is into computers, and is at least in high school. I would recommend this movie to anyone who has a Facebook because that is the reason why this interested me. I wouldn’t recommend this movie to people who know nothing about Facebook or computers. I just don’t think that it would be very interesting to them because it would be very confusing to them. “The Social Network” is rated PG-13 for sexual content, drug and alcohol use and language. The film was very good and I would watch it again and again and again.
5 out of 5
Biography of Author
The author of this review is Brad Altstadt. He is the youngest in a family of 5. He has two older brothers and is also a twin. He is a freshman at Greenville College in Greenville, IL where he is a psychology major and plays basketball for the college and also enjoys playing other sports.