“The Social Network” Review

You know, I’ve generally compared Jesse Eisenberg to Michael Cera saying they could practically be interchangeable. HOwever, I believe with everything in me that Michael Cera could never have done a better job than Eisenberg as Mark Zuckerberg in “The Social Network.” Obviously I do not know the creator of Facebook (ahem, CO-creator) personally, but Eisenberg gave a phenomenal performance. It’s always harder to portray a character who actually is a real person, and I hope Zuckerberg is honored to have such a talented actor to represent him.

I never knew the whole process of creating Facebook was so … mysteriously intricate. Whether Zuckerberg actually stole the idea from Harvard’s steriod twins is of no importance to me, and obviously the 500 million users don’t care either because, as those of you who are signed in to Facebook while reading this can see, we’re all still using it! All Zuckerberg did was use real-life inspiration, a piggy-backed idea and his own genius to create what was obviously in demand at the time, an online community where people can keep in touch without having to keep track of an address book.

The film was what anyone should expect when following real life events. It seemed a little drawn out at times, and the ending is not what you expect the end of a film to be, but real life isn’t a movie … if that makes sense. There wasn’t a true climax or distinct plot points because Mark Zuckerberg’s life wasn’t written by Aaron Sorkin or Ben Mezrich with a dinstinct beginning, middle and end with love stories that always lead to a happily ever after and best friends who don’t stab each other in the back for fame and money.

As far as film elements are concerned, the musical score was fantastic — a little weird at the beginning when some slasher film beats sneak in on a rainy day making the audience wonder if we wandered into the wrong room. The dialogue was quick and intricate, making this film probably not as easily understood to a younger audience. The script consists of a lot of educated business and law dialogue, which was hard to follow at times. The timeline is a little long, and it takes us through two different legal cases at the same time, but I was never bored.

This film is interesting because it follows a phenomenon we’re all familiar with and a person who we’re all familiar with, so the filmmakers can get away with a slower pace and heavy dialogue. It’s a behind the scenes look at someone’s life. We are getting a VIP pass to the set of Zuckerberg’s life, and I think that’s kinda cool.

I remember when my brother who went to George Washington University had Facebook when I was in middle school. He told me all about it and explained that I couldn’t have one because I wasn’t in college. And Zuckerberg was right. Even as a 12-13 year old, I wanted to be part of the elite, the ones who could have a Facebook. It was his own Final Club, and he kinda invited us all to it — in a way.

I’m gunna go check my Facebook. See ya!


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One Response to “The Social Network” Review

  1. matt butler says:

    I think it’s important to recognize that this film was very significantly dramatized – to the extent that it’s not really accurate to speak of Eisenberg’s portrayal of Zuckerberg as reflective of Zuckerberg himself. They’re both assholes, of course – I’m not disputing that. But the film deviates from real-life events enough that it’s inaccurate to speak of Eisenberg’s Zuckerberg as a direct portrayal of Zuckerberg himself. Sorkin’s script is merely based on the “real story,” or whatever anyone knows of it;

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