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'The Social Network' -- Like

by jmaloni
Thu, Oct 21st 2010 04:00 pm
Review by Matt Crouch

*What you are about to read is a cinematic review. Each movie is critiqued based on its rating-pending (PG or R), Genre (Comedy or Thriller), the acting, the score, the plot, and the overall quality of the movie. Hence, just because there are explosions, blood, or you think George Clooney/Megan Fox is "hot" does not mean it's a good film. Or does it. ... You be the judge.*

‘The Social Network' (2010)


Jesse Eisenberg, Andrew Garfield, Justin Timberlake, Armie Hammer Jr., Josh Pence, Max Minghella

Director:  David Fincher -- "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button," "Panic Room," "Fight Club," "Zodiac"

Written by: Ben Mezrich -- "21"

Screenplay by: Aaron Sorkin -- "The West Wing" TV series


The year was 2003. As prohibitively expensive technology became affordable to the masses and the Internet made it easy to stay in touch with people who were halfway across the world, Harvard undergrad and computer programming wizard Mark Zuckerberg (Eisenberg) launched a website with the potential to alter the very fabric of our society. What begins in his dorm room soon becomes a social global network. But for this entrepreneur, his success leads to both personal and legal complications.


This is a very clever and shrewd film, but you shouldn't expect anything less from Aaron Sorkin. The movie moves pretty fast within the first 15 minutes to show you the kind of character Zuckerberg is. Although I did like "The West Wing," I wasn't a fan of how TV series like "The West Wing" and "7th Heaven" moved so quickly. To me, it almost seemed too fake and too rushed to portray any type of real conversation. But, in the case of "The Social Network," it kind of works with these Harvard nerds. Eventually the speed of the dialogue will slow down within certain characters; however, the movie is so good you can't really notice it.

What makes this movie so good is that it doesn't favor the lead character, or just the stars. It completely portrays what happened in 2003 until present day. So in its own lovable way, you start to like everyone: the nerds, the jocks, the jock nerds, the friends, the main character, the enemies, the lawyers, the psycho girlfriends, etc.

It's definitely one of the best movies of the year so far, and definitely one of the easiest loving and interesting "intelligent dramas" I have seen.


If you have a Facebook page, you'll appreciate this movie ... so pretty much everyone. Except for grandma.

4.5 out of 5 stars

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