The Social Network
What's it About
The meteoric, controversial rise of Facebooks creator, Mark Zuckerberg (Eisenberg), is given the full studio treatment, charting the social networking sites growth from a desktop in a Harvard dorm room to unimagined international prominence. The film jumps between past and present, cutting from an older, wiser Zuckerberg fending off several lawsuits stemming from allegations of corporate betrayals and questions of idea provenance (did Mark steal someone elses concept?), to his ever-so-slightly younger days as an awkward college nerd who seizes on a potentially world-changing idea. Success, it seems, always comes with a price.
Why We Love It
Veteran director Fincher scores again, proving that Hollywood can still make successful films for adults. The films massive box-office success (and eight Oscar nods) attest first and foremost to fabulous story-telling. Still, its Finchers expert pacing that keeps us glued throughout. Evoking shades of Citizen Kane, Aaron Sorkins razor-sharp script takes on the dimensions of great tragedy and hubris, and performances from the young cast are uniformly stellar, with Eisenbergs Oscar-nominated lead portrayal and Justin Timberlakes smarmy turn as Napster co-founder Sean Parker particular standouts. All these elements coalesce to bring this ripped-from-the-headlines, tech-heavy saga to vibrant dramatic life.