What it’s about: Harvard student Mark Zuckerberg creates the social networking website that would become known as Facebook, but is later sued by two brothers who claimed he stole their idea, and the co-founder who was later squeezed out of the business.
Genre: Biography, Drama
Director: David Fincher
Starring: Jesse Eisenberg, Andrew Garfield, Justin Timberlake, Armie Hammer
Review: When The Social Network first came out at the cinema, it’s safe to say there was a fair bit of ‘hype’ about it but I was never really bothered about seeing it. I have Facebook but I didn’t find it necessary to sit there for 2 hours watching how it was made. All I know is my own password and that’s satisfactory enough for me. But after hearing many good things about it I decided to man up and 3 years later, I finally got around to watching it.
Firstly, I thought the casting was very good. Jesse Eisenberg’s performance was excellent and I think he portrayed Mark Zuckerberg extremely well and gave you a very good sense of who he was at the beginning of it all and it’s hard to imagine that he was just a normal student trying to get through the pressure of college, friends and girlfriends at the time. He was quiet, weird, arrogant – everything you expect the creator of Facebook to be. I also couldn’t complain about Andrew Garfield (who plays Eduardo Saverin) and Justin Timberlake (who plays Sean Parker). Every girl needs a bit of eye candy don’t they? The story was interesting and as an everyday Facebook user, you’re obviously unaware of the effort and difficulties they went through to produce something which we not only take for granted now but rely on to communicate with friend and keep in contact with people.
However, it focused much more on the legal side of things, which I really didn’t expect which slightly threw me and put me off slightly. Although you don’t expect the whole idea of a kid creating a web page who then turns into the youngest billionaire to be completely cut and dry, I was a bit surprised by the amount of legal problems he faced e.g. getting accused of stealing the idea from two wealthy brothers who later go on to sue him. Personally, that doesn’t interest me but I can’t criticise if that’s what happened. Considering it’s a true story it does give out the message that not everything is as easy or is going to be as easy as you first think. I did also get quite confused at the beginning as they kept jumping time-frames from the beginning before it started whilst Mark was still in college, then forward to one of the meetings in which he was being sued then back again. To be quite honest, I didn’t know what they were talking about but after a while I caught on. However, I can’t criticise too much for that as it could well have just been me. Overall, it was an enjoyable watch with a fantastic cast and a very informative portrayal of the beginning of the most popular social networking site there has ever been.