How could Hollywood turn an intriguing story about Mark Zuckerberg and the fight for Facebook into a film that has shaped modern society and left such a lasting impression on people that have seen it? Fairly simple as it turns out, you have David Fincher (director: Fight Club) using every inch of his brilliance and vision to bring to life the script of Aaron Sorkin (The West Wing).
Who did create Facebook? If that is the answer you are hoping to get from this film it is not one you will be given. Granted it will help you make up your own mind and provide plenty of ammunition for those that are looking to settle a pub debate over who did create it. But this film will not give you that definitive answer.
The film depicts a flawless display of how people perceive Mark Zuckerberg to be and not necessarily how he is, as Mark wanted nothing to do with the film it remains just how factual the film is and even Mark Zuckerberg has been quoted as saying that the film is fictional (but that might have something to do with the fact that the film all but convicts him of stealing ‘facebook’).
Played by Jesse Eisenberg masterfully, the awkwardness and complexity is immediately evident in the opening scene where he gets dumped by his girlfriend over dinner. In this scene gain a sense of not only the awkwardness but also the ruthless arrogance as well when he proceeds to bad mouth his ex all over the internet.
As the movie develops so do the characters and without ever getting to side tracked from the main plot of the film you get to gain a real perspective of each character. Andrew Garfield plays the best friend Eduardo, who provided initial capital as well as the business plan. He does however eventually get left behind when Mark Zuckerberg is convinced to aim ‘higher’ by Napster co-founder Sean Parker, which led for the now former best friend to sue him, successfully. Sean Parker played brilliantly by Justin Timberlake has the mentality of a teenager but the mind of an experienced entrepreneur, with the lifestyle to match it. JT portrays it beautifully; the outrageous speeches in at the restaurant table and constant partying and boozing show off the mind-set of Sean Parker, get rich early and enjoy it!
Sorkin and Fincher evolve the film in such a way where it is left up to you as to who you side with, although not many may feel sympathy for the Winklevoss twins (both roles played by Armie Hammer) but that is for the viewer to decide. Every time you feel a sense of sympathy for Zuckerberg he will twist the knife stuck in his best friends back and the same can be said for Eduardo, you feel compelled to show sympathy for him but then his naivety and lack of intuition into wanting to make the company grow provides a fatal flaw.
The Social Network will play with your emotions, not like a horror trying to scare you at every corner but more with conscious and morality and long after the film has finished as well. You will be there thinking who was right and who was wrong and whether or not you can feel sympathy for Mark Zuckerberg fictionally and non-fictionally.