Tuesday, November 9, 2010
The Social Network Review
Back in September I wrote my review for Catfish. In it, I stated that it was about the people who lie on Facebook, while I stated that Mark Zuckerberg was the creator back in 2004, well this is his story.
In 2003, Mark Zuckerberg attended Harvard(and this was in the era that Myspace & Friendster were the top social internet chains), and Zuckerberg wanted to join an exclusive club(even if it meant that he wouldn't have a female friend). He goes on a livejournal account and starts blogging about his girlfriend who attends Boston University. Then one of his friends gives him the idea to create a website that rates girls by looks. Mark convinces his best friend Eduardo to give him the Algorithm to download information from Harvard students. It gets him into alot of trouble(and so much hatred from women) , that it impresses Cameron Winklevoss and his twin brother Tyler Winklevoss, that they ask Zuckerberg if he can make a website for them that only allows people from Harvard to join, but Zuckerberg(as not shown in Inception) inplanted his own idea where he can improve the Winklevoss's website, hence thefacebook is born, until Sean Parker(from Napster) becomes apart if the site and starts calling it "Facebook", but you cant make 500 million friends without making a few enemies.
This is definitely a film that defines the generation and the last decade. The last decade we had faced many issues(9/11, the war in Iraq, the fall of the economy, Paully Shores career, New Orleans flooding, and Obama's presidency). But the last decade was about social networking. Myspace use to be the king of Social Networking until Facebook improved the site(now Myspace is ghetto), Twitter is now the site where people can get their news a lot faster than separate sites and Newspapers, Rotten Tomatoes is still the best place to review and talk about movies(but we need the old site back!!!). So the Social Network is an excellent example of the last decade.
There has been a lot of debate on whether this film is fictional or true. The actual Mark Zuckerberg actually stated "I just wished that nobody made a movie of me while I was still alive." and that apparently the film is mostly fiction. To me, fiction or real, this is still a really good film about the aspects of growing up and trying to succeed in college.
The performances in the film were just great, I'm actually expecting nominations from this film, Jessie Isenberg really breaks from his usual characters in each one of his films(top that Michael Cera!). Andrew Garfield is really great in this film as well(in fact you should focus on his performance because according to many networks he is going to play the new Spiderman). Justin Timberlake is really funny in this movie as Sean Parker, i believe he is one of the many few musicians who transferred well into film. David Fincher is the best thing about the film, he directed this film wonderfully and i believe he will probably win best director at the Oscars this year.
Its ironic that I have seen this film on opening day because its the same day that people in High School will start signing up for college, and soon i will sign up for college myself, and I will sign up for CSU Monterey Bay(and that's why I haven't been reading and writing reviews) and a bunch of other colleges. And as some of you know I have been making a club for reviewing and learning about the art of film, and its been working real well, until I found out that someone already had a film club that only watches movies, but doesn't discuss, so I'm basically the Mark Zuckerberg of my school.
Overall The Social Network is the best film I have seen this year because it clearly shows us the real world of college and your future career
I give this film 5/5 stars