The Social Network (U/A)
Cast: Jesse Eisenberg, Justin Timberlake, Brenda Song, Joseph Mazzello, Rooney Mara, Andrew Garfield, Max Minghella, Trevor Wright, Dakota Johnson
Director: David Fincher
The flick that clicked this year is “The Social Network” by David Fincher. At least I came out of the theatre not with interrogations but imbued with ideas that changed the world.
Yes, indeed “The Social Network” succinctly narrates the most sought after social networking platform “Facebook”. This film drives inspiration from the book by Ben Mezerich- “The Accidental Billionaires: The Founding of Facebook, A Tale of Sex, Money, Genius, and Betrayal”.
“The Social Network” marks Mark Zuckerberg’s journey to fame woven with an intense elemnet of notoreity and success. The movie gathers a lot of hype with Aron Sokin’s engaging screenplay and Fincher’s rendition of fictional story-telling!
David Fincher has broken the conventional bio-pic structure though it is so. With fictional quotient, the movie stands out from the rest and more-so highlights the changing concepts of business and money! The Social Network, wrote our own Philip French, “takes familiar ideas about trust, friendship, endeavour, ambition, betrayal and greed into fascinating new areas of experience. It’s as riveting, lucid and open-minded a film as Rashomon”.
The film drives inspiration from the book “The Accidental Billionaires: The Founding of Facebook, A Tale of Sex, Money, Genius and Betrayal by Ben Mezerich. At th outset, the movie spins details on how Mark Zuckerberg acts as a narcissistic and a lonely sphomore studying at Harvard. Mark’s break up with his girlfriend pushes him to perform an extraordinary feat while he tries out computer coding. In just a bat of an eyelid, he creates Facemash- a website that enticed the students to choose between tow good looking females. This initaites the journey to success. This brings Mark into the spotlight as the two Winklevoss twins, Cameron and Tyler (both played by Armie Hammer with additional shots using Josh Pence as a stand in), and their partner Divya Narendra (played by Max Minghella) notes him. Next the action of the movie is triggered with some complicated lawsuits. The Facebook take off with a vigour and grows faster with almost 150,000 members. The description of the plot will never do justice to this fast paced flick. It is better one watches the lawsuit gimmicks and an array of events that is handled artfully.
The Social Network is like a fine thread between fact and fiction. Though events are bastardized, the movie is highly appealing as it connects us to the person who made Facebook! At times a turn off but mostly you would be carried off with the strong characters and cinematography! The movie springs from a series of interesting true events and would surely induce you to go back and log in to Facebook to cross-check that subtele irony! This is one of the great stories that inspires millions of young minds!