Fincher delivers again with "The Social Network"
However it may look, "The Social Network" is not just a cash-in on the current Facebook hype.
The film is a meeting of two creative artists, director David Fincher ("Fight Club," "Seven,") and screenwriter Aaron Sorkin at the top of their respective games. Indeed, "The Social Network" is possibly one of the best films of the year and one not to be missed.
The film uses the founding of Facebook as a backdrop for telling a story of how two best friends become enemies. Harvard student Mark Zuckerberg (Jesse Eisenberg), with the help of his best and only friend Eduardo Saverin (Andrew Garfield), hack into the Harvard servers to create Facemash, a website that allows students to pull up pictures of two random female Harvard students for ranking purposes.
The website goes viral and causes the network to melt down, which catches the attention of the Winklevoss twins, played by Arnie Hammer and Josh Pence. The siblings ask Zuckerberg to help them create a Harvard-only social networking site. The rest of the story is a fascinating tale of greed and betrayal.
The acting in the film is superb, top-notch, and is the main component as to why this film is a must-see. Andrew Garfield's performance as the scorned friend is fantastic and stands out among the rest, though that's not to say the other actors were terrible either. Eisenberg also gives his best performance to date in this film. Justin Timberlake does a surprisingly great job as Sean Parker, Napster founder and entrepreneur. Arnie Hammer also performs well as the faces of the Winklevoss twins. Josh Pence only lends the body to the other twin, but the computer wizardry used to graft Hammer's head on Pence's body is some of the best used in a film so far.
"The Social Network" is one of the best films to come out this year and will definitely be a major force when it comes to award season. Fincher has created yet another winner, but with "Fight Club" and "Seven" already under his belt, it's no surprise. Regardless of how truthful the film really is, "The Social Network" is still a film that deserves to be seen.