Review: The Social Network

The Accidental Billionaries: Mark and his friends begining a dark journey

Since it’s announcement, there was the doubt if a movie that tells the founding of an internet website deserved to be maid or even more, have a good result. Without Aaron Sorkin’s brilliant script and David Fincher’s dark direction, The Social Network would have been a different movie.

The interesting thing about the film – and this must be remarked – is that it’s not simply “Facebook: The Movie”, the plot’s emocional focus isn’t on the website itself, but on the difficulties faced by it’s founders, specially Mark Zuckerberg and Eduardo Saverin. Fincher constructs and destroys the friendship between them with emotion and complexity, never judging any of the characters as heroes or villains; main of Sorkin’s script, which presents fast dialogues (in speed, not in duration), impeccable and memorable quotes.

Another high point is the editing. Choosing not to follow a linear narrative, Fincher presents the criation of Facebook at the same time cutting to the legal process faced by Mark, which gives a dark, serious touch to the movie; that only goes further with Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross’ disturbing eletronic soundtrack and the great cinematography work, that ballances strong and cold colours like a painting.

Guess who’s coming to dinner: Justin Timberlake as Sean Parker

All those tecnicals elements combined together create the adequate mood an ton to its talented cast. I’d like to analyse one scene in specific, where Mark, Eduardo and his girlfriend meet Sean Parker for the first time; the meeting is portraited in such a superb way, the characterization of the envolved (atention to the savage score that has animalistic sounds and the way Parker moves), the agressive dialogue that has the effect of a fire weapon and everything the scene represents in the plot. Amazing.

Jesse Eisenberg’s composition of the main character is genious; portraiting his nerd/intelectual persona, he never really shows what’s on his character’s mind or what he feels, making Zuckerberg an unpredictable anti-hero. His brazillian friend is played with great emotion by Andrew Garfield, filling the character with simpathy and carisma; it’s such a perfect construction that is really shocking to watch his reaction when he finds out about Mark’s betrayal, resulting in an intense discussion that is more thrilling then most of the year’s action movies climax.

Even focusing in the two best friends, some supporting characters steal the show. Making a rare cinema apparition, Justin Timberlake gives a shining performance as manipulator and clever entrepeneur Sean Parker. Armie Hammer does a fine double work as the ambitious Winklevoss Twins and Rooney Mara impresses even with very small time in scene, as Mark’s ex-girlfriend Erica, who is afterall, the trigger of the plot.

More than just the story of a website, The Social Network is the story about two friends and the collapse of this friendship, taking as scenery a society that uses technology and internet obsessevely, as a tool and social inclusion, never thinking about the cause and effect of their actions. Thats our society.


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