The Social Network (Fincher, 2010)

The Social Network (David Fincher, 2010)

The picture below captures a perfect summary of Fincher and Eisenberg’s interpretation of Mark Zuckerberg – confident, yet slightly nervous and socially awkward. I’m not going to pretend to know if this film is even close to being an accurate portrayal of the event on which it is based. But, really, I don’t care. This could have been purely fiction and it still would have been an interesting (at times haunting) depiction of power, greed, and confusion.

At no time is Zuckerberg completely likable or completely despicable. His often-funny, quick, sarcastic comments are almost always used as a defense mechanism as he very obviously wants to keep any signs of hurt inside. This is made most clear during his deposition scenes where Eisenberg does a great job using facial expressions to portray both his character’s hurt and wall (no pun intended). Way too often stories of power and greed revolve around older characters who have already lived their lives. With The Social Network everyone is just starting, Zuckerberg wants to be cool, and his life has become more confusing than he could have imagined.  8.75/10

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