The Social Network details the founding and spread of everyone favorite guilty pleasure, Facebook. Its set following Jesse Eisenberg as Mark Zuckerberg and Andrew Garfeild as Eduardo Saverin at Harvard University during Facebook’s founding in 2003. It follows the two as they eagerly set up the new website with their entourage and follows them as they get overwhelmed and must deal with tensions in the company and in their relationship. Aaron Sorkin and David Finchers adaptation of the excitement and then turmoil is extremley witty and will not leave viewers unsatisfied.
Its 2008 and Zuckerberg is in the middle of two harsh lawsuits, one from the cold Winklevoss twins who accuse that big Zuck of intellectual theft, and from his best friend Eduardo for taking him out of the Facebook equation all together. After a fight with his then girlfriend Erica Albright (Rooney Mara), he is influenced by several people to create Facebook. Two fellow students and future olympian rowers, the Winklevoss twins believe Zuckerberg stole their idea for Facebook. Throughout the movie eduardo is pushed out of the facebook equation by an eager Sean Parker (Justin Timberlake). Throughout the movie tensions build because of Zuckerbergs nonchalant and anti-social attitude.
I thoroughly enjoyed this movie because of its creativity. It chronicles the rise of an internet giant and proves its thesis, that “you don’t get 500 million friends without making a few enemies.” Eisenberg’s portrayal of Zuckerberg is also a huge plus because he is able to convey his cold, but driven attitude and is effectively able to make the material in the movie feel as real as facebook does. Along with Garfeild and Timberlake, this trio is able to create and display some of the wittiest dialogue in a movie ever. The continuous quips between characters serve the audience well, it makes us believe we are almost smarter for understanding the movie. It may seem like a thinking mans movie, but realistically it is a hard portrayal of a moguls rise to power and the people he had to step on to do become the youngest billionaire ever.
Overall I give the movie a 9 out of 10 because it really does justice to an internet phenom and sheds light on the question that all of us have wondered before, “how was Facebook created?” The continuous creative dialogue provides the viewer with plenty of witticisms leaving the threatre.