The chances are, if you are reading this, The Social Network will be relevant to you. Even if you aren’t a member of Facebook itself, most people are part of a form of social networking, be it Twitter, YouTube or WordPress. This biopic is the story of how Facebook came to be, and how it affected the lives of its founders Mark Zuckerberg (Jesse Eisenberg, Zombieland, Rio) and Eduardo Saverin (Andrew Garfield, The Amazing Spider-Man, Doctor Who). It also explores the pressures of life when you suddenly become famous, and what happens when business is mixed with friendship.
The quality of the acting is great, even if it may not be historically accurate. The lead roles particularly stand out: Jesse Eisenberg as Zuckerberg and Andrew Garfield as Saverin, making their friendship seem realistic and believable. Even the singer, Justin Timberlake, wasn’t that bad as Sean Parker, an entrepreneur and co-founder of the music website Napster. Eisenberg gives his character a neurotic and obsessive-compulsive personality, with just an air of arrogance that makes instant comparisons to others such as Sherlock Holmes and Sheldon Cooper. It’s obvious that director David Fincher was inspired by these introverted intellectuals who are detached from society.
The plot of the film is thick and quite complex, especially since its set around two different law suits and uses a lot of technical jargon, so if you aren’t keeping up, it’s very easy to get lost. But again, thanks to David Fincher, it never gets boring. Sure there are certain slow sections, but they aren’t nearly as boring as they could be.
However, The Social Network does have a specific target audience, so if you have no interest in Facebook or its history, then it’s highly unlikely that you’ll ever be interested in this film. But, like me, if you’re one of the site’s 1 billion + members, The Social Network is an interesting and engaging film about the origins of the world’s biggest social media outlets.