Controversial depictions of contemporaries always evoke considerable ripple in the world. And if you are filming a movie about the youngest billionaire in the world, who owns the 3rd most populated ‘country’ (Facebook is next only to China and India) in the world, then you are going in for one hell of a ride.
The Social Network is the story of the birth of Facebook, the largest Social Networking site on earth and the two law suites faced by Mark Zuckerberg in the year 2008. The movie is based on an unofficial book by Ben Mezrich, “the accidental billionaires”. I am not going to elaborate on the plot of the movie but in short it shows how Mark Zuckerberg betrayed a few of his friends to build the empire of his own. The movie flip-flops between the settlement dealing discussions (one with the Winklevoss brothers and the other with Eduardo Saverin who made the case against Mark Zuckerberg ) and the past which shows the birth of Facebook.
Social Network is one of the well written movies of 2010. Most of the screen play writers falter when they adapt a book in to a screenplay but Aaron Sorkin ( who also makes a cameo in the movie) has done a wonderful work on the adaptation. Dialogues from the starting scene between Erica and Mark are brilliant, whippy and extremely well written. The casting is a coup. Jesse Eisenberg suits to the role of Mark Zuckerberg to the T. The unbelievability and the shrewdness he brings to the eyes is simply superb. Andrew Garfield as Eduardo Saverin gives that extra punch in making you believe the story. Justin Timberlake as Sean Parker is stylish, suave. Even the small characters impress you with their acting, especially the asst.attorney who converses with Mark during breaks.
I would not say Social Network is perfect but the contemporary theme and extremely well written dialogues makes it a perfect watch. David Fincher, who has given us extremely intelligent movies like Seven, Fight Club, Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Zodiac supported by Aaron Sorkin’s wonderful writing has given the most funny, smart and perky movie of 2010.
A must watch and a 4 out of 5 for David Fincher’s Social Network.
P.S – Sharpen your ears before you get in to the theatre – dont miss the dialogues.