$2.50 Reviews: The Social Network (2010)

$2.50 Reviews

The Social Network

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The Social Network is a 2010 drama film directed by David Fincher (Se7en, Zodiac). It is essentially a story that tells the drama that ensued during, and following the creation of Facebook. Starring Jesse Eisenberg as Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook's creator, the story is told through flashbacks as Zuckerberg is being simultaneously sued by two separate parties. The first party is Zuckerberg's former best friend and business associate Eduardo Saverin, (Andrew Garfield), while the second is a pair of twins, Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss (both played by Armie Hammer).

If you complain about the captions, I will kill you!
Hacking a website actually can be really exciting to watch

What's really surprising about The Social Network is how engaging the entire production is. Even when nothing all that important is going on, it's set up in a way that makes you want to see more. The vast majority of the film is just dialogue, from really smart people, but it is exciting to watch. To me, that's really impressive, especially given the fact that the film doesn't move at a quick pace. It's a slower paced film, but that isn't necessarily a bad thing, especially with the way the film plays out. Despite being on the slow side, it's very exciting, and never gets boring. This excitement may actually come from how well you get to know the characters.

I'm not sure how accurate a job the film does at representing the characters within it, but the film does do a good job at characterizing them all. You actually end up feeling worse for the people suing Mark, than for Zuckerberg himself. Zuckerberg acts like a jerk for the majority of the film. He's unlikable, and ends up losing his girlfriend before the opening credits. His former best friend, Eduardo Saverin ends up not being in the film for a good portion of the final half, but really is the character that ends up being empathized with the most. He more or less gets cheated out of the company by Zuckerberg, and is abandoned mid-way for Napster founder Sean Parker (played by Justin Timberlake). Parker is far less serious a person than Saverin, but promises Mark that Facebook will take off if he comes on board. The other main characters, the Winklevoss twins, also get deceived by Zuckerberg. They came up with an idea similar to what Facebook ended up being, and they hired Mark to program for them. He ended up turning around and creating a basic version of what is now known as Facebook.

By the end of the film, you end up caring about all of the characters, even if you don't want to. Like mentioned above, Mark Zuckerberg is a jerk, and while you don't like him for that, he's built up in such a way that you will end up caring for him. Each of the other characters gets enough screen time to develop as well, and this is brought out by the excellent acting done by each actor. They really all do a great job bringing their characters to life, and do it with consistency. There are not really any times where a character acts unexpectedly, or their emotional response doesn't relate to the current situation. The subtleties of acting all appear to be there, and for that, I'm quite grateful.

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Zuckerberg doesn't get why girls don't like him

I am not, however, grateful for the way the story was told. It's not so much the idea of flashbacks being the driving point of the story, but it's the fact that this storytelling idea gets constantly pushed aside after the film takes off. There are 30 minute sections at a time where this tactic is forgotten about. Having flashback sequences that long is a maneuver that I didn't feel worked out all that well. If given a couple intermissions, where the present day interactions occurred, even for a minute, it would have been a great way to tell the story. As it is, it ends up being fairly meaningless. The only other grip I really have with the film is the CGI used during one scene. Mark and Eduardo go outside into the cold, and their breath seems really fake. By far one of the pettiest gripes I've ever had, but it did eliminate some of the immersion that the film tried so hard to have.

The Social Network is a film that works on almost every level. It's engaging, entertaining, well made and well acted. It's a solid package of everything required in a film coming together. It has real tension, the characters are well-developed, and while they aren't all likeable, you'll end up caring about them all. While the flashback structure of the film doesn't always work the way it should, it ultimately is a decent way to show the story, instead of just jumping forward in time. If nothing more, it's the best film I've seen so far from David Fincher, and it's an impressive film to watch.

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Great review Marter. I only noticed one or two grammatical mistakes, but other than that, great job.

Though, I had to laugh when you said:

Marter:
30 minutes sections

:P

Still, great job! I actually just saw this movie last weekend and liked about as much as you. I didn't care to much for the way things were told either but for the most part, it was a great movie!

Julianking93:
Though, I had to laugh when you said:

Marter:
30 minutes sections

...is there something I'm missing here? I don't get it.
Took me a while, but I realized what was wrong with it. >_<

I'm still on the fence whether I'm going to check this out. If I'm given the opportunity I might, but I don't really feel like going out of my way to see it.

As for the review, there were a few grammar errors and such, but Julian pointed out the most noticeable. Apart from that, it was good as always.

Marter:

Julianking93:
Though, I had to laugh when you said:

Marter:
30 minutes sections

...is there something I'm missing here? I don't get it.
Took me a while, but I realized what was wrong with it. >_<

....and that caused me to laugh more XD

Still, a great review Marter and sorry for being such a prick ;P

Still love ya though ^-^

FargoDog:
I'm still on the fence whether I'm going to check this out. If I'm given the opportunity I might, but I don't really feel like going out of my way to see it.

After seeing it, I'd say it's worth it. I was on the fence as well since...well since it's a movie about Facebook, but it turned out very well. The script was good, the acting was great (aside from a few actors. The two Asian girls annoyed me) and the story kept me interested throughout. So, yes, I'd say it's worth the effort to go :P

Julianking93:

FargoDog:
I'm still on the fence whether I'm going to check this out. If I'm given the opportunity I might, but I don't really feel like going out of my way to see it.

After seeing it, I'd say it's worth it. I was on the fence as well since...well since it's a movie about Facebook, but it turned out very well. The script was good, the acting was great (aside from a few actors. The two Asian girls annoyed me) and the story kept me interested throughout. So, yes, I'd say it's worth the effort to go :P

Problem is, I know the complete story that the movie tells due to having read the book, so I'd just be seeing it for the acting and script, which is fine but it's not enough to make me rush out tomorrow and go see it. I'll probably check it out next time in town though if it's still playing.

Matt is on a Roll! I saw this movie too and I thought it was great =D I think you hit all the notes I did. Especially how the cases he was getting sued was kinda pushed back.

One thing! I was interested to see how the half naked girls making out with each other was placed early and then you see hot girl butt half way through. Almost to go to the male audience and say "Attention grabber!.....ehhhhh.....maybe a little nap anWHOA!"
hehe, keeps them entertained

Julianking93:
....and that caused me to laugh more XD

Still, a great review Marter and sorry for being such a prick ;P

Still love ya though ^-^

It's cool, and I'm not bothered by nitpicks. They help me improve as a writer...I think so anyway. I welcome them. :)

Although the occasional review without them is always nice, like Cloverfield's review. =D

Marter, your consistency and speed of delivery is outstanding. I wonder how much time you take to finish a review, considering how much practice you got with them by now! ^_^

Keep it up, and I hope you have fun making those reviews!

Sinclose:
Marter, your consistency and speed of delivery is outstanding. I wonder how much time you take to finish a review, considering how much practice you got with them by now! ^_^

Keep it up, and I hope you have fun making those reviews!

Well, some of them I finish quite quickly. For example, Cloverfield took just over 30 minutes.

This one took about 45, while others sometimes take an hour or more.

It really just depends on how my flow is going at that point in time.

Woop! I'm seeing this on Sunday!

 

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