The Social Network is a 2010 film directed by David Fincher, written by Aaron Sorkin. It’s main premise is the semi-fictional story of the creation of Facebook. It focuses on a 19 year old genius, Mark Zuckerberg, who is freshly broken up with, and how he takes that anger and makes it into the most downloaded app of all time. With the help of his only friend, Eduardo Saverin, he creates ‘The Facebook’.
The Social Network posseses a deep, but thoroughly self-aware form of pretentiousness. With Sorkin’s fast-paced and wordy dialogue that feels almost too quotable, and the genius tone set on the movie, you feel smarter for understanding one word that anyone says. This screenplay has been listed on numerous ‘best of the century’ lists, landing 3rd place in IMDb’s ranking.
While the premise and plot sounds boring, The Social Network is the definitive opposite of that. It keeps you on the edge of the seat, and it’s notably fast pace is a large factor of that. Fincher has been guilty of devastatingly slow films in the past, but this is not one of them. We open to a scene of Mark and his at the time girlfriend, Erica Albright, descending from a conversation about Final Clubs into an argument about their relationship with each other. After that scene, it cuts to an almost dragging but completely necessary scene of Mark walking from the bar, back to his dorm, while the film’s most notable original song from the score, ‘Hands Covers Bruise” plays. This is one of, if not the only scene that actually feels long in this film. And their are 8 minute long scenes in this.
Another component of this flawless film are the performances. The lead cast of this film includes Oscar nominated Jesse Eisenberg as Mark Zuckerberg, and Andrew Garfield as Eduardo Saverin. The other actors include Justin Timberlake, Armie Hammer, Max Minghella, and Rooney Mara. The chemistry between Eisenberg and Garfield sets both of their already electric performances on an extraordinary high. Eisenberg, who was nominated for an Academy Award for this very role plays the perfect Zuckerberg. Smart, witty, and most importantly: an asshole. Garfield, who delivers an extraordinarily intense amount of depth to his character, is just one level above Eisenberg on this.
The Social Network would go on to receive 158 nominations, and win over 60% percent of them. On February 27th 2011, The Academy would go on to shock the world after giving Tom Hooper Best Picture AND Director for The King’s Speech. This best picture loss has gone down in history as one of the biggest neglects, alongside Citizen Kane (1941, Dir. Orson Welles) and Brokeback Mountain (2005, Dir. Ang Lee). Another large ostracized element from this films award campaign was the nominations for Andrew Garfield, who gathered numerous nominations, but 0 wins, whereas Eisenberg was nominated almost everywhere, gathering a couple statuettes.
Nevertheless, I, and many critics view this as the best film of the decade. That doesn’t mean you have to, but you might want to think about it for a little. The Social Network is now available for streaming on Netflix.