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The Social Network

A 2010 movie directed by David Fincher.

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  • Apr 19, 2011
I'm still a little surprised at the amount of acclaim that has been heaped onto this film. Personally, while I did find it to be well acted and very well directed, I just was never that taken with the story or the way that it was being told. I can't claim to know Mark Zuckerberg, nor can I claim to know much about the foundation of Facebook, but this film is told from an angle that is designed to be more dramatic and to a certain extent unflattering. This aside, I prefer David Fincher's earlier films which were more grounded in characterization and seemed to have better pacing. Here the film feels at times quite slow and others quite rushed. One thing that I did love about this film was the innovative score created by Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross.
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April 20, 2011
There's a reason as to why it is told to be more dramatic... because the ACTUAL story of Facebook is boring. Aaron Sorkin, upon writing the screenplay said he pretty much made it up... and it's no secret that he did. It draws on certain actual events but, for the most part neither Sorkin nor Fincher said the movie was supposed to be about the making of Facebook. So they did something dramatic with it instead.

As for unflattering, though... if you've ever seen any interview with Mark Zuckerberg at all... this film makes him seem far more interesting. The REAL Mark Zuckerberg is, for the most part, boring as hell.  Likewise, Mark Zuckerberg said he rather enjoyed the film.  It wasn't actually made to give the impression that Zuckerberg is a dick or anything like that.  It was actually just about greed and betrayal if anything.  
April 20, 2011
It was too "drama" and "fake" for me. I could tell that they were trying to spice up a rather boring story. They tried just too hard. :-P
April 20, 2011
good points, Sean. I remember the same done with Secretariat, making a story where there should be none. I thought that was a decent film.
April 20, 2011
But that's exactly my point. If the origins of Facebook aren't dramatic enough, so much so that they have to exaggerate and invent conflicts in order to make it interesting, then the film shouldn't have been about Facebook. Sorkin and Fincher could have easily made this film with all of the same characters and events but not about Facebook. My point is that they used the phenomenon of Facebook for the sake of commercial visibility rather than telling the story accurately when instead they could have created a piece of fiction that acknowledged it was fiction and still told the same story that we ended up seeing on screen.
April 20, 2011
Agreed with both Aerin & Orlok.
April 20, 2011
Response to Orlok: I think for the most part, we cannot exactly complain as to why this and that...it is a movie to take advantage of a thread. I cannot fault the filmmakers on that. As I've said the movie was based on the book, which wasn't a good accurate depiction to begin with I would think. H-wood is a business, pure and simple. They can create things as long as it is can be creative, (this had good acting and direction as you've said, so this wasn't a loss. This and "secretariat" were fictional stories based on a true person/thing/event to inspire, so they made up something (honestly I would do the same thing if Iwas a producer). I don't think it is fair to criticize something when it wasn't meant to be fact anyway.

Now ask me what I think of Hollywood taking advantage of a real tragedy and then making up a story about it to make it more commercial. Now that is the true disgrace; not a movie such as this or "Secretariat".  This at least, was made up because of a certain person's/ thing's popularity not ignoring the real story to make a movie a money-maker.
April 20, 2011
Then can I make a movie about us and how we began writing reviews to get girls and piss off the film critic elite and only ended up with divergent ideas resulting in a multi-million dollar lawsuit? LOL!
April 20, 2011
Not to say, that I thought this movie was perfect, but I liked it enough because of the competency of the direction and the acting was good. The script was also good that it maintained its momentum.
April 20, 2011
Not to say, that I thought this movie was perfect, but I liked it enough because of the competency of the direction and the acting was good. The script was also good that it maintained its momentum.
April 20, 2011
sure we can write a movie about us as long as we approve it. We would make a good sitcom LOL!
April 20, 2011
we are characters after all. I'll play the villain. LOL!
April 20, 2011
Nice!
April 20, 2011
woopak the killer of stupidity and the defender of toe-sies LOL!
April 20, 2011
No, I think it would be a depressing ensemble drama about how tragically flawed online reviewers are in their attempts to reach out to their fellow lost souls through the ultimately redundant exercise of reviewing movies that nobody watches anyway. We could get Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu to direct it. LMAO!
April 20, 2011
that is an idea, I think the guy who did the WHITE RIBBON is also qualified LOL!. I would be interested how Michael Bay would make a movie about us, it'll probably turn out with: "I cannot gve that order, I cannot give that order!!" LMAO!
April 20, 2011
Or with a car chase with explosions or people hanging off a building with one of them yelling, "Let go, you have to let go or we both die."
April 21, 2011
Not ALL of the movie is entirely fake, but just the same Fincher and Sorkin were both pretty clear that the movie wasn't about Facebook so much as it was about the people behind and the unraveling of the friendship between Zuckerberg and Eduardo.  They were also incredibly upfront about much of it (nearly all of it) being fictional.  Sorkin especially.  That stuff was largely ignored, though because printing in the paper things like: "The Social Network portrays Mark Zuckerberg as an asshole," is a more attention grabbing story than, "This movie was mostly fiction," like Sorkin and Fincher tried to express. 

But every "true" story gets a little Hollywood treatment to make it more dramatic.  The recent film The King's Speech had historians in an uproar because they said it greatly exaggerated his stammering, for instance (it's also rumored Bertie's family didn't particularly like it much either--but that could be that, "How can we make this movie seem more interesting than it is?" deal going again).  It just does its high drama and all that jazz much better than The Social Network (although The King's Speech does receive some of that same flack).  That's typically what Hollywood does.  They're in the business of entertainment, after all.  So I don't mind that.  If I wanted to know about how Facebook was created I'd read one of the several thousand books published about it.  But Sorkin and Fincher were pretty big on explaining the movie was NOT about Facebook.  There was also a little inkling of how the culture had changed in there.  So I don't really think they were trying to capitalize on Facebook (remember when they first started talking about it everyone thought they were stupid and crazy because... you know, who wants to watch a movie about Facebook?) I just think David Fincher was rather fascinated with how Facebook really changed things for a lot of people.  If the movie were that much more about Facebook it could've gone a lot deeper in that regard.  The story on the creation of ANYTHING isn't that fascinating though, and as a film maker Fincher is pretty much going to do those things (he has the artistic credence to do so).  So the focus on character is still there, just not the way everyone thought he should've done it.  Hell, even at the very end we have to sit through a short scene where they try to explain that Zuckerberg ISN'T an asshole, but they all can't figure out why he's trying to be. 

But consider if they made a movie about the real Zuckerberg... no one would see it.  Because in reality he's just a very awkward and very boring individual.  They kind of had to spice that up, I think.  The movie would've been ridiculously boring otherwise.  It would've been like trying to make a movie about a cat who sleeps all damn day, coughs up a hairball and then immediately falls back to sleep.  So I actually rather liked The Social Network.  Not Fincher's best.  But I really thought the acting, directing and script were fairly decent.  The movie was better than I thought it would be as a result.  Especially considering what they had to work with.
April 22, 2011
I'm surprised you say that people wouldn't want to watch a film about FB. Of course they would. It's huge. There are still tons of people discovering it for the first time. :-P
 
April 19, 2011
I think this was more an adaptation of the book on Zuckerberg, than an actual biopic, "Accidental Billionaires" . I liked this one, and the acclaim it got were due to the acting and the direction. The score was very impressive.
April 20, 2011
The music annoyed me, lol! Maybe if there had been better music, I would have connected with the film at another level.
April 20, 2011
not to worry, if you re-watch it, woopaks will sing for you LOL!!
April 20, 2011
Now that would bring the score to life for me! :D
April 20, 2011
And it would send Trent Reznor to his grave. Bad idea. LMAO!
April 20, 2011
woopak's have a rockin' voice, dude.
April 20, 2011
LOL! :D
April 20, 2011
The score was instrumental, Woo. And by the way, you told me there was only one Woopak. Now I'm confused...
April 20, 2011
woopaks are the millions...and millions (hear the chorus?) of woopak's fans. LOL!! Ok, I need to get my meds now....
April 20, 2011
I thought those were Woopakolytes... Now I'm very confused. You seem to change your story every week.
 
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review by . October 03, 2010
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review by . November 24, 2010
posted in Movie Hype
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review by . February 03, 2011
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Words are weapons in THE SOCIAL NETWORK. For the most part, words are used vivaciously to accuse and to criticize Mark Zuckerberg's decisions on the road to becoming the billionaire he is today. After all, the tagline for David Fincher's THE SOCIAL NETWORK sums up the movie's point of being: "You don't get to 500 million friends without making a few enemies." Even if Aaron Sorkin, with his incredibly human and detailed dialogue, adapted Ben Mezrich's semi-fictional …
review by . February 14, 2011
posted in Movie Hype
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review by . December 15, 2010
Unlike the many people who are part of a social network to me I felt socially awkward seeing The Social Network with my family since the movie plays differently for me than my genetically connected counterparts. For those of you who don't have a computer and have been living in a cave in the middle of nowhere The Social Network is the semi-realistic tale of Mark Zuckerberg, a sophomore at Harvard who, after a post dumped drunken escapade creates a little website called Facebook. Ah Facebook …
review by . October 12, 2010
posted in Movie Hype
The Pirates of Silicon Valley 2?
Alright, so I have to admit, I'm somewhat of a Facebook fan boy. Not the type that is completely consumed by Facebook 24/7, but the kind that loves the idea that some dude from Harvard turned a website into a $25 Billion dollar business and he's only 26. Also let me put this one out there, I'm sick of the whole "down with Facebook" mini movement that people are trying to get started because Facebook wants their ads to be relevant to you.      With that …
review by . August 30, 2011
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I take back every bad thing I ever said about Justin Timberlake. It's that he came riding in on the back of a popular boy band, and we all know how that usually turns out, right? Well, if you were among the many, many Timberlake bashers, you may take heart in the fact that his singing hasn't really changed one bit. However, he has proven to be a great pop music innovator, but what really surprised me is his acting ability. In The Social Network, he plays Napster founder Sean Parker, the charismatic …
review by . August 20, 2011
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    In the opening scene of Social Network we eavesdrop on a conversation between Mark Zuckerberg (Jesse Eisenberg) and his girlfriend. At the end of the scene Mark's now ex-girlfriend sums up his treatment of people in a succinct statement. She told him that he would probably do something big and complain that girls didn’t like him because he was a nerd. She went on to say that this was a lie. That girls wouldn’t like him because he was an a-hole. He went on to make …
review by . January 31, 2011
posted in Movie Hype
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review by . March 16, 2011
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The Social Network is a 2010 drama film directed by David Fincher about the founding of the social networking website Facebook. The film features an ensemble cast, which consists of Jesse Eisenberg, Andrew Garfield, Justin Timberlake, Brenda Song, Max Minghella, Rooney Mara and Armie Hammer.

The film was written by Aaron Sorkin and adapted from Ben Mezrich's 2009 nonfiction book The Accidental Billionaires. The film is distributed by Columbia Pictures and is set for an October 1, 2010 release. None of the Facebook staff, including founder Mark Zuckerberg, will be involved with the project. One of the co-founders, Eduardo Saverin, was a consultant for Mezrich's book.  The film is distributed by Columbia Pictures and was released on October 1, 2010.

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Director: David Fincher
Genre: Drama
Release Date: October 01, 2010
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Screen Writer: Aaron Sorkin
Runtime: 121 minutes
Studio: Columbia Pictures
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