Written by Markus Robinson, Edited by Nicole Ashland
Markus Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars
Rated PG-13 for sexual content, drug and alcohol use and language.
This may not end up being the best movie of the year, but it is certainly the most interesting. What director David Fincher (The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Zodiac) and writer Aaron Sorkin (A Few Good Men) have done with Mark Zuckerberg’s rise to billionaire life is nothing sort of a dramatic work of art called “The Social Network”. Starring Jesse Eisenberg (Zombieland) as Mark Zuckerberg, Andrew Garfield (Boy A) and Justin Timberlake (Alpha Dog) as none other than the “Napster Guy” Sean Parker, “The Social Network” is a movie that everyone will see because of their own affiliation with Facebook and will love because of the content.
This movie follows the unauthorized chronicles of the Harvard beginnings of Facebook as well as the legal battles which ensue over who is the true founder. The audience hears legal arguments from three points of view (really two). Mark Zuckerberg (it is not really his point of view because he was not consulted during the making of “The Social Network”) argues that he came up with the idea all on his own, Eduardo Saverin argued that he was unfairly and illegally cut out of The Facebook Company by Sean Parker and Mark Zuckerberg and the Winklevoss twins claiming they had the idea for Facebook and Zuckerberg stole it from them. There it is. That is the entire synopsis. But trust me it is much more entertaining than any court case you have seen.
The writing and directing of this film is a huge reason why “The Social Network” will get much of its acclaim, but the acting, from two actors in particular, is nothing short of amazing. Virtually unknown Garfield and pop icon Timberlake (otherwise known as “Tearin’ Up My Heart” Timberlake) do a brilliant job as the two friends of Zuckerberg, who each bring a different dynamic to the table (all a lot of people just heard right there was: Justin Timberlake does a brilliant job in this movie).
List of Awards I expect this movie to get an Oscar nomination for:
Best Supporting Actor: Andrew Garfield, Justin Timberlake
Best Director: David Fincher
Best Adapted Screenplay: Aaron Sorkin
The only flaw lays in the one sided storyline, where basically the audience watches the main character, Zuckerberg, as he is raked over the coals for 2 plus hours for being a ruthless entrepreneur. Furthermore Zuckerberg, as a character, is shown as a person with no redeeming qualities and essentially stays a static character until the very end. Let me break it down. In a normal movie, one would have a protagonist start off as a bad person or a person with flaws, but by the end of the film he would have learned something which caused a change in his domineer for the better (dynamic character) aka in the end he does have a heart after all and becomes a good person. In this film, that does not happen. Zuckerberg essentially learns nothing in the end, but that he is the same person that he was in the beginning, the only difference being that now he is a Billionaire. But maybe Zuckerberg is a cold, vindictive, money-hungry entrepreneur, who does not care about his friends or anything other than being the center of attention in real life and in that case my argument has little to no merit.
Final Thought: Was it coincidence that Mark Zuckerberg donated 100 million dollars to New Jersey’s largest school district, right before his unauthorized rise to fame was made into a big screen movie? (That is a fact, look it up). Was this movie intended to deflect how people would perceive him after watching “The Social Network”? Well, in the end who cares about that, right? Go see the film, which will soon be the subject of many conversations in and out of the Facebook forum.