A visceral adrenaline rush as a character study of Mark Zuckerberg.
David Fincher's sublime contemporary biopic about Facebook's founder Mark Zuckerberg, The Social Network (2010), is a fast paced kinetic film that ousts Zuckerberg as a thief, scumbag, and jerk. After everything we have heard Zuckerberg doing with Facebook, The Social Network is all the more telling and relevant.
Fincher's direction is peerless without any fat or frills. It's brutally honest and stark with a modern energy not often seen in biopics. Aaron Sorkin's writing is blunt, wordy, and direct. Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross' score is pounding, refreshing, and original. It complements The Social Network's new dynamic, engaging the audience with thrilling songs while they learn to loathe Mark Zuckerberg.
The Social Network is not slander, but more so a revealing character study of a man with no morals, ethics, or conscious. It's all about his arrogance, cruelty, negligence, and vindictive personality. It feels more accurate every year and with each new anecdote we learn about Zuckerberg.
Jesse Eisenberg as Mark Zuckerberg is the role he was born to play. His fast talking verbal vomit of the mouth is difficult to listen to, but also exhilarating in his portrayal. He captures the lonely loser and traitorous business visionary desperate for the world's approval. The Social Network not only depicts Zuckerberg as a soulless monster, but Eisenberg embodies his failure as a human being. Zuckerberg is not a good man and Eisenberg perfectly reaches peak wretch in The Social Network.
Andrew Garfield is phenomenal as Zuckerberg's once and only friend slash co-founder of Facebook: Eduardo Saverin. He delivers an earnest persona that makes you empathize with his pain and the betrayal he must have felt over Facebook and Zuckerberg. The Social Network is a condemnation of Zuckerberg, while a redemption story for Saverin.
Justin Timberlake is excellent as the manic backstabber Sean Parker, founder of Napster and eventual president of Facebook. Timberlake captures the essence of a man with nothing to lose and no talent except for suggesting ideas to better men. Timberlake could have had a career as a dramatic actor, but chose mediocrity instead. At least Fincher got greatness from Timberlake for The Social Network.
I liked the early cameo role from Dakota Johnson. Likewise, Rooney Mara is brilliant in The Social Network. She only gets a few lines, but they are the most memorable and biting critiques of Mark Zuckerberg to this day. You just have to see her performance in The Social Network.
Lastly, Armie Hammer is outstanding as Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss. His stern Harvard fraternity caricature is fascinating and entertaining. Hammer makes his presence known and really delivered a strong dual performance.
In short, The Social Network is going to be looked back at for its scathing depiction of Mark Zuckerberg, Eisenberg's inspired acting, Fincher's sleek direction, and Trent Reznor's wild score. The Social Network is like cocaine rushing through you directly hitting your senses.