This weekend I saw The Social Network, David Fincher’s new film that tells the story of Mark Zuckerburg and the founding of Facebook. I’d heard a lot of great things about the film and I’m happy to say they were all true. The acting is superb and I’m sure Jesse Eisenberg will be Oscar nominated by next year. His delivery was smart and biting, always with an air of superiority. The most difficult part of the film is the absence of a clear protagonist. You fall in love with Zuckerburg’s determination, and his biting wit often comes off as charm. But you can’t ignore his manipulation and abandonment of his best friend, Eduardo Saverin.
The film is brilliantly paced, switching between Zuckerburg’s Facebook development and his two legal trials. The dialogue is sharp and genuine, and the familiarity of the subject makes the audience feel like it’s a part of it all. After we watched it, we found ourselves talking about our first introductions to Facebook, how it has changed over the years, and what we wished it could be. This was the decade of Facebook, a network that has seamlessly integrated itself into our daily routines. Fincher perfectly captures the draw of Facebook and how quickly Zuckerburg became both a hero and a menace. I seriously recommend everyone see this one, especially those who smugly assert they “don’t understand what the deal is with Facebook.”