The Social Network

The Social Network ★★★★

Film #1 of The December Challenge

Beautifully written, The Social Network is fantastic in terms of dialogue. It's snappy and smart, jumping off the screen. It brings such character to the proceedings. As for the characters, they are brought to life brilliantly, mostly by Andrew Garfield and Jesse Eisenberg. Andrew Garfield plays the victim so well in this, you can't help but feel sorry for him with the sense of gravitas that surrounds the anger that lies within him. As Mark Zuckerberg, Eisenberg brings a well-rounded quality to him, since even though he is an asshole, you can see the true look of regret when he loses his friends one by one. He feels badly about it, but he doesn't do anything to stop it.

One sequence that really stood out for me in this film is when Zuckerberg and company are creating facemash.com, Zuckerberg talks about bringing the social experience of college online. It is running parallel to when people are actually having the college experience. While Zuckerberg creates something that mirrors it, he never actually experiences it, and it is captured in such a beautiful way that it shocks you how a social misfit could create something that became a social icon.

In short, this movie is brilliant.

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