July 13th – The Social Network – 2010 – Directed by David Fincher. Starring Jesse Eisenberg, Andrew Garfield, Justin Timberlake, Armie Hammer, Max Minghella, Brenda Song, Rashida Jones, Rooney Mara, and Joseph Mazzello.
Simple Overview: Facebook is something I have been a member of since 2007 and use a little too frequently throughout the day. I knew I had to rewatch The Social Network when it landed on Netflix again because despite the simple start of Facebook it is now a worldwide superpower that influences billions daily. Eisenberg shows us some awkwardly talented acting throughout the film companioned by Timberlake’s early 2000’s tech entrepreneur persona and Garfield’s ability to make us hate, love, and pity him all at once. Made for a series of strong performances in a film that stressed me out with each turn it took. The film was good, just not great.
What Could Have Been Better: This film was a mix of the past and present that wasn’t clearly outlined to me as the film began. The story felt cut and rearranged due to the style of storytelling that made me wonder where I was in the film a few times. Looking at the portrayal of Zuckerberg in the film it appears the man genuinely hates the physical world around him and finds joy only in coding, beer, soda, and vengeance with a little innovating on the side. While Eisenberg had a strong presence and part to play in the film I didn’t find it engaging or overall motivating in the long run.
What I loved: I love throwbacks to my late teen and early 20’s this film reminded me of the mid-2000s and what a strange vain time it was which felt fairly nostalgic for me. The style and outfits were a big throwback to the style of my youth, I hear that Zuckerberg has noted they nailed his wardrobe in this film. I loved the performances by Timberlake and Garfield they were powerful and showed a good range for each actor. The story was good but felt very onesided as to make Zuckerberg out to be a villain and I liked that aspect of the film though.
Final Thoughts: Good film worth watching but not one I’d throw on your repeat list. I last watched this in 2012 and hadn’t thought about it until recently. I see the relevance in a film showing a different side to a well-known story especially a story as big as Facebook. I’d recommend it as a watch for anyone looking to start a business with friends so you know what not to do.
Rating: 3 thumbs up out of 5
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