Review from Doncaster Free Press (October, 2010)
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Mark Zuckerberg is the youngest billionaire in
due to a website he created whilst a student at .
That invention went on to become Facebook,
and The Social Network, the new film from Fight Club director David Fincher tells the story of the site’s foundation.
The tale is told through subsequent multi-million dollar lawsuits brought
against Zuckerberg; these serve as a way to structure the story in flashback
form as the evidence is heard. Harvard University
It is rare that a modern film focuses on such flawed and dislikeable characters. The strength of this film is that it doesn’t shy away from doing this, yet still emerges as an engaging story. Zuckerberg and his ilk may be the academic cream of the crop but few of them are portrayed as people with whom you’d like to spend a lot of time. Jesse Eisenberg gives his best performance to date as Zuckerberg, and whilst his portrayal of social awkwardness may help explain how Facebook came about, it is far from endearing and there’s a streak of unsavoury misogyny which is shared by several characters in the film.
The dialogue from Aaron ‘The West Wing’ Sorkin is as intelligent as you’d expect from one with his track record. Not only is it quick-witted, it’s also simply… quick. I’m not sure there’s been a film with such fast dialogue since Cary Grant and Rosalind Russell traded verbal punches in His Girl Friday. It takes a minute or two to adjust to the rhythm but once you’re used to it, you’re left wishing that all of life’s conversations could be scripted by Sorkin.