I think everyone's reaction to a film about Facebook was at first 'What the f***?!' (including mine) but when I found out that David Fincher was directing it, I was even more curious about it and went to see it at the cinema. When I first saw it, I wasn't too keen on it but after a rewatch of it, I really liked it this time. I think the one thing that I appreciate about The Social Network is that Facebook is the center of everything that are in these people's lives and how much a social networking site can effect one's life. I mean, I love going on Facebook and it is taking over everyone's lives but this film does express that it is a good thing that it is a sociable experience that does increase confidence. Stepping aside Facebook here, The Social Network is a film of friendship, betrayal, greed and loyalty.
I think what most people were thinking a film about Facebook was going to be about was a group of nerds acting having conversations, playing games, uploading pictures and posting statuses but as I said, there are some things that are more important than that. It is perhaps a rather extraordinary film but it was a good idea to make. It sort of advertises the website and persuades its audiences to be a member but then again, think most people are anyway. Only flaw it has for me is that it lacked the drama and the possibility of a soul or message.
On a fall night in 2003, Harvard undergrad and computer programming genius Mark Zuckerberg sits down at his computer and heatedly begins working on a new idea. In a fury of blogging and programming, what begins in his dorm room soon becomes a global social network and a revolution in communication. A mere six years and 500 million friends later, Mark Zuckerberg is the youngest billionaire in history... but for this entrepreneur, success leads to both personal and legal complications.
Jesse Eisenberg (a Michael Cera kind of actor) already made a name for himself in comedy horror film Zombieland but his performance was good as Mark Zuckerberg but I think perhaps could have improved on it. Why? Yeah, he is playing a nerd but at the end of the day, he is portraying the creator of a worldwide phenomenal website that has interacted most of the people on Earth together! Even Mark Zuckerberg himself didn't like the film and didn't like Eisenberg's performance very much. Sorry, Jesse, you did a decent job but no Oscar nomination for you, I'm afraid. After hearing that Andrew Garfield was going to be the new Spider-Man/Peter Parker just before I saw The Social Network, I needed to know what kind of actor he is. As for his performance in The Social Network, his performance was absolutely fantastic and he rightly deserves an Oscar nomination (maybe even a win). Wow! I never Justin Timberlake could act! He was pretty good in this film as well but not as good as Andrew Garfield.
I thought at first 'David Fincher as director? What?' seeing as it isn't really something that he has done before but life is full of surprises and he certainly surprised us with this one. He surprised us so much that he could earn himself a Best Director Academy Award for The Social Network. I guess you could say that he had a lot on his shoulders seeing as Facebook is so popular nowadays and people would be expecting something high. He deserves a nomination though. After hearing that The Social Network is in fact based on a novel as well as true story after I saw the film, I thought the screenplay was absolutely incredible! I thought that the script from the novel was awesome anyway but it would take an utter genius to write a script from a true story about a website! This should win Best Adapted Screenplay but will have to battle The King's Speech first.
Overall, The Social Network is an absolutely fantastic film that I needed to rewatch to like. I think it is one of those films that you need to stick with all the way through to understand it. As far as Academy Awards are concerned, no doubt this'll be nominated for Best Picture but I don't think it deserves to win. Think it'll get Best Director, Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Supporting Actor (for Andrew Garfield) nominations. It is probably The Social Network vs. The King's Speech for Best Picture with Inception, Toy Story 3, 127 Hours and Black Swan just behind them. It is definitely one of the best films of 2010 and is sure to please the public and critics worldwide.