A modernized parable of ethos, betrayal, & richly-crafted storytelling, The Social Network remarkably explores the human & controversial roots of the most popular website/platform in world history – and the rise of The Social Media Age. 9.7/10.
Plot Synopsis: In 2003, Harvard undergrad and computer genius Mark Zuckerberg (Jesse Eisenberg) begins work on a new concept that eventually turns into the global social network known as Facebook. Six years later, he is one of the youngest billionaires ever, but Zuckerberg finds that his unprecedented success leads to both personal and legal complications when he ends up on the receiving end of two lawsuits, one involving his former friend (Andrew Garfield). Based on the book: “The Accidental Billionaires.”
*Possible spoilers ahead*
Positives: Phenomenal direction by David Fincher – crisply brought to life and unbelievably smartly scripted as not just a biography of one of the most influential people in human history: Mark Zuckerberg starting social networks and really a lot of the immigration to online social networking but a lesson in business and even human nature and the manipulation of emotions, legendary casting – every character perfectly fits his/her persona and are incredibly skilled actors especially Jesse Eisenberg – SO PERFECT as the socially awkward genius kid-version of Mark Zuckerberg; one of the best castings I’ve ever witnessed to-date, Andrew Garfield – hilarious and so likable he makes a perfect Eduardo as the best friend who got screwed over, Justin Timberlake (complete surprise as I was not expecting him to be a good actor) as the smooth-talking business shark, Armie Hammer, Brenda Song, etc., great cinematography with beautiful shots of Harvard and the Cambridge/Boston area, strong humor too balanced well so that it’s easy on the palette while still not sacrificing its artistic value and serious explorative tone, great length too at a nice 2 hr length and brisk pacing, strong soundtrack with everything from sweeping electronic synths to contemplative asynchronous violin melodies, amazing characterization playing on human emotions and making a larger point about life,
Negatives: More Justin Timberlake’s Sean Parker exposition
Official CLC Score: 9.7/10