The Social Network

500 Days Of Film Reviews The Social Network And Finds A Fascinating Film About The Anti-Social People Who Created Facebook


The Social Network is the first movie of my 500 Days Of Film challenge that I had already seen.

 

However, (scarily) it has been a good few years since I watched this film about the creation of Facebook.


Well, hang on, actually this film isn’t about Facebook. It is about the theft of intellectual property. And who wouldn’t want to watch a film about that?

Is It Any Good?

The Social Network is as good the second time around as it was the first. The direction by David Fincher (Gone Girl, Fight Club) is fantastic, the script by Aaron Sorkin is fast paced and just superb and the acting is brilliant.


The interesting thing about the film lies in the fact that most of its main characters really struggle to be social. You don’t really even like them that much. 


Almost as an antidote to being sociable, they create a network where you can stay hidden behind a screen and yet have hundreds of ‘friends’.


However, The Social Network shows how the development of Facebook, for all of its phenomenal success, was ultimately responsible for tearing friendships apart and isolating its creators. 


I think that the film works because, thanks to Aaron Sorkin’s script and David Fincher’s direction, it takes a subject that isn't particularly cinematic and makes it exciting, dramatic and engaging.


It is such an interesting film and one I know I will watch again,

Random Observations

I am such a big fan of Aaron Sorkin (love love love The West Wing and Newsroom). He creates incredible amounts of quality dialogue. You can imagine that the script for this movie was quite the tome.


I didn’t get the rowing scene at all - it felt a bit out of place. Do you agree?


I just like hearing Jesse Eisenberg talk… 


Favourite Quote:


"You are probably going to be a very successful computer person. But you are going to go through life thinking that girls don’t like you because you are a nerd and I want you to know, from the bottom of my heart, that won’t be the truth… it will be because you are an a****le.”

- Erica to Mark Zuckerberg. 

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