Posted on 10/14/10 12:43 PM
What I Liked: Can a film about the origin of Facebook really be one of the best movies of the year? The answer is yes. The Social Network follows the life of Mark Zuckerberg as a young college student at Harvard University in 2003. After Zuckerberg gets dumped by his girlfriend, he is inspired to create a website that rates women judging by their "hotness", but later turns into something bigger when Mark thinks to himself "what if we could take the whole experience and put it online"? With the skilled directing of David Fincher (Director of Fight Club and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button) and the outstanding acting from Jesse Eisenberg (Zuckerberg), Andrew Garfield (Edurado Saverin, Co-Founder) and Justin Timberlake (Sean Parker, creator of Napster), The Social Network becomes much more then just a "Facebook movie", but it becomes a great story of friendship, business, love and greed, and what can happen when you mix them all together. The style of the movie was a very risky thing to achieve, but the script is written so well that it will keep you interested until the ending credits roll.
What I Didn't Like: The movie did not have much of a climatic ending. The whole story takes place in two different court hearings (which may turn some viewers off already), and when the hearings end there is no real resolution, it manages to leave people hanging without a cliffhanger. I would I have loved to see Zuckerberg's life after the huge worldwide successes of Facebook rather then it ending on a sort of bitter note. But then again, you can't change history.
Bottom Line: Some critics are calling The Social Network "the movie of our generation", and in a lot of ways they are right. whether you have a Facebook account or not, social networking is a topic we can all relate to and the story of the worlds youngest billionaire is a sad one, but one that is told well.