The Social Network

January 31, 2011

Last Friday I was able to go see The Social Network for free with a few friends, and after seeing it I felt a need to post a review, so here ya go! This will also be the first review for the new blog.

The Social Network follows the story of the movie alternative of Mark Zuckerberg played by Jesse Eisenberg (Zombieland, Adventureland) once again with a Michael Cera-like  performance. Its a pretty strong role. There is a good bit of character development, though at times it seems a bit forced. Sometimes he says or does a few things that really makes him feel less like a real person. Overall, it is a decent performance with a few minor flaws.

The supporting cast is well done and for the most part sympathetic through the whole ordeal. At times it seemed like the story was more focused on what happened to Eduardo Saverin, Zuckerberg’s college friend. There are some very strong parts here, all played well and entertaining to watch. They feel like real people and you feel bad when things start to be set in motion. The only ones I really didn’t get behind were the Winklevoss twins, but their role was minor compared to a few other characters.

The plot is fairly simple, but with a few dark and complex undertones. The myriad of characters all are affected by the creation of Facebook, a social networking site that caught on very quickly. It now has millions of users worldwide. It switches back and forth between times, during the creation of Facebook and at a trial where both the twins and Saverin are suing Zuckerberg for a few different reasons. The plot is strong, but towards the end it feels like it falls apart some. There are a few scenes where it seems that something is about to happen, and then there is no payoff.

There really is no climax or resolution to the movie, which is by far the biggest flaw. We never even get to see the law settlements. Instead, we are treated to Zuckerberg staring at a computer screen after taking a recess and white text tells us what happened. It felt a bit rushed and was a little disappointing, but with a runtime of 120 minutes I can understand why they decided to end it so suddenly.

Overall, the movie isn’t bad. In fact, it is quite good. The characters are entertaining and likable and sometimes you can really feel for them. On the downside, there are a few awkward moments where the dialog moves too fast or snide remarks are made that makes them feel less real. The plot is strong but there isn’t much of a payoff in the end. Solid movie, on a scale of one to ten I would give it a:


The movie is solid, though there are a few flaws and a little lack of polish

– Makairu

(Some information provided by IMDB)

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