Jesse Eisenberg as Mark Zuckerberg

The Social Network (2010)

2 hrs.

Starring: Jesse Eisenberg, Andrew Garfield, Justin Timberlake, Rooney Mara.

Director: David Fincher

I have to admit when I first realized a movie about “Facebook” was in the works I was less than thrilled.  A couple weeks later when I discovered it was to be David Fincher’s (Benjamin Button) next directing vehicle my interest was piqued.  Even more so with the addition of Jesse Eisenberg, Andrew Garfield and Justin Timberlake to take the lead roles.

The film opens up with our lead Mark Zuckerberg (Jesse Eisenberg) having a drink with current girlfriend Erica Albright (Rooney Mara).  It is here we learn this is not your typical “college teen” film.  This is a serious film with serious dialogue, smart characters and an amazingly ominous score.  During the course of this opening scene Zuckerberg’s girlfriend dumps him and in a drunken state he goes back to his dorm room and begins to write a scathing blog entry about her.  He in turn creates an online site that rates the attractiveness of various women on campus.  These events are the catalyst that throws The Social Network into gear as you follow Zuckerberg and his business partner Eduardo Saverin (Andrew Garfield) on a journey that ends with the creation of one of the largest internet phenomenon ever.

However it is not the actual creation of Facebook that this film concerns itself with.  This film is an in depth character study on the effects of greed, success, money and power in relation to human interactions.

It follows Zuckerberg and Saverin as they form a business partnership to create an online site that eventually becomes Facebook.  Zuckerberg is the brains and Saverin is the cash.  This partnership is where the films gets interesting.  Neither plan for the site to grow as fast as it does and ultimately this is what drives most of the narrative of the story.

Both leads (Eisenberg and Garfield) deserve the nominations at all the awards shows but this isn’t all about the leads. Justin Timberlake also gives another great supporting performance and proves he’s just as capable an actor as he is singer. 

Behind the camera Director David Fincher crafts a tense and interesting story from an even better script from Aaron Sorkin with a constant serious and ominous score in the background from Trent Reznor.

This film is not only a Best Picture canidate it should also garner awards in the Directing and Writing categories as well as Best Original Score. If you plan on watching the Oscars this year this film is a must see.