The new movie “The Social Network” has just been released in theaters Nationwide, including Pittsburgh, to rave reviews, a vast publicity platform & most assuredly, the top spot as next week’s Box Office champion. Therefore, no need to save face (or “the Facebook” as one character calls it) because this well-intentioned classic tale of greed, lust & betrayal among friends, works best in illustrating everyone’s need to connect mutually with others, to share interests & to discover some common ground in a lonely, isolated new age.
Director David (“Fight Club“) Fincher’s biographical Drama chronicles the meteoric rise of Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, formidably & sometimes ferociously played by Jesse (“Zombieland“) Eisenberg. From scorned lover & geeky Harvard sophomore to Internet star. Along for this upward climb are the people Zuckerberg vaulted over (and the eventual pending litigation), co-developer & friend Eduardo Saverin, the Winklevoss twins’ Cameron and Tyler with their College connection Website & Napster founder Sean Parker.
Scriptwriter Aaron (TV’s “The West Wing”) Sorkin penned the screenplay based on Ben Mezrich’s “Accidental Billionaires“, with staccato flourishes and sharp dialogue that enhances the film, giving it an edge in an otherwise basic story of rags to riches. If attending Harvard is considered a poor start. The plot is told in a non-linnear style that cuts back between Facebook’s origins and the tedious legal depositions, in preparation of an oncoming lawsuit over ownership, copyright infringement & money that provides an open-ended finale.
Besides Fincher’s effortless direction, Eisenberg’s portrayal & Sorkin’s engaging synopsis, credit goes to a killer Soundtrack by Nine Inch Nail’s (& former Meadville, PA resident) Trent Reznor with Atticus Ross. That adds emotional depth and bolsters the feelings displayed by an extraordinary cast of extras that features Indie stalwarts Andrew Garfield, Justin Timberlake, Max Minghella, Rooney Mara & Rashida Jones.
Anyway its viewed, “The Social Network” saves face in an exemplary production that will give fans & friends something in common to comment on. A Citizen Kane-like allegory about fame and what people will do to attain it. Provided that you push the “like” button.