Movie Review: ‘The Social Network’

Gabriel Stoffa

The first thing I did after watching “The Social Network” was to get on Facebook and comment on how proper it was that I was commenting on Facebook about the movie.

Yeah, I’m just as addicted to the program as y’all are.

The film itself is not quite as addictive, but definitely worth the watch in theaters. For starters, it’s written by Aaron Sorkin and directed by David Fincher; two names with enough clout to warrant at least one viewing.

But the real pull, is the subject matter. Not often does a film get to be based on a true story and have it be about something still relevant in our lives that isn’t a political issue.

The acting is solid.

Without listing off all of the actors’ names, I’ll just say they were all solid; everyone was talented in this movie.

But, Jesse Eisenberg takes the lead role of Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook’s creator, in fine form. Although Zuckerberg claims that his motivation for Facebook’s creation was not because he couldn’t get into some of the finals clubs at Harvard, Eisenberg plays out the role so well that the reality people believe is likely going to be the movie’s depiction of Zuckerberg regardless of what actually happened.

Overall, “The Social Network” paints Zuckerberg in a dim light. It efforts all seem to lack a certain degree of care and have him hellbent on becoming someone to admire due to his outstanding abilities. Again, this may or may not be the whole truth, but as Facebook is so good at doing, this movie does as well: makes people believe that whatever is presented to them is the person in question.

Really, the message of “The Social Network” is what drives the film so well. Every time the story clicks to a new scene, the story has no filler; everything is helping to explain and craft the personalities and perceptions of each of the pertinent characters.

Now, this isn’t to say the rest of the aspects of the film were lacking. Far from it. Fincher’s directing doesn’t move toward his super-dark style he frequently employs, but his mark is still noticeable — and even  so, the darkish scenes are still as breathtakingly filmed as ever. All-in-all, Fincher takes a solid swing and might have landed himself with some nods come award time.

“The Social Network” is one of those rare movies to achieve an amazing level of film across the board. It doesn’t have to rely on 3-D crap or stars whose only talent is to play themselves or ridiculous twists and plot mechanics to garner audience attention. No, this movie, much like its subject matter, is a force to be reckoned with and hits its audience with as dramatic an effort as Facebook took its audience by storm.

As a cherry on top, Justin Timberlake plays Sean Parker, the creator of Napster. I’m a mega-fan of Timberlake because he is one of the rare talents in the media world with the gumption to be compared to Sinatra, to really be called an all-around performer. But I’ll save my admiration of Timberlake and Sinatra for some other evaluation, this is about how outstanding “The Social Network” is and how it is on the top 10 list of must-see movies for 2010 and is a must-see film for the entire sect of Generation 2020, or Generation Y if you need something to wiki-up.

Oh, and I think the title of the film should have been “Social Network,” dropping the “the,” but I think they kept the “the” for ironic purposes that will be understood once you watch the dinner scene between Zuckerberg and Parker.

Saying anything further about the film would be a crime, as it keeps you from going out an watching it. Seriously, drop your other plans and go see “The Social Network” right now.