I personally have about 300,000 billion and a half, but that’s because I’m awesome. Don’t worry, one day you will learn the ways of awesometasticalness, but not now. I’ve got to tell you about this movie I saw the other day so you can figure out whether or not to spend your hard-earned money on it. I can tell you right now that you definitely should.
With the way that ticket prices are going these days, I know that it is becoming ever-so-difficult to choose a film to see that you won’t be disappointed with. Because of this, I can’t help but wonder why someone would choose to go and see horrendously bad movies like The Last Airbender, sorry M. Night, but after Signs you may as well have given up because it seems like that’s what The Village was. I mean seriously, what in the world happened?
Anyway, David Fincher’s The Social Network is one of those movies that when you walk out of the theater you think about what your life is like and wonder whether you’re doing the right thing with it. That’s how you know you’ve witnessed a really good piece of artwork. This tends to be a recurring theme in Fincher’s work, quality I mean. Whether it’s Se7en, Fight Club, or even The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (no matter how unlike the short story it was), David Fincher always expresses the tone of his films extremely well, and oftentimes Fincher does this with colors. In all of the films listed previously as well as the film currently under examination, Fincher uses dark colors because of how dim the subject matter is. These dark colors are extremely appropriate considering just how sad this story is.
If you’ve been living under a rock or this is your first time seeing a film or both then let me give you a little information about the story. Basically, Mark Zuckerberg (Jesse Eisenberg) is at Harvard because he’s extremely good with computers and gets in trouble for being better at writing applications and (insert other computer lingo here) and eventually is approached about an idea for a social network site specifically designed for students of the university. He then takes that idea and essentially makes it better turning it into Facebook. The problem, however, is that the group he “stole” this idea from is now suing him for taking their idea global and in the process he loses his best friend. It should be noted that this is not exactly the true story of how Mark Zuckerberg created Facebook, but oddly enough the filmmakers chose to use the real names. The story is told in two different timeframes, during the course of being sued and in the process of becoming über famous. These sequences are moved in and out of extremely well making for exquisite editing.
This is going to sound really sinister on my behalf but I really love the idea that a person can lose so many friends while at the same time trying, and succeeding, to gain millions more. When I say that I love the idea, what I mean is that it is innovative, which I believe is what makes this film unique to cinema. It seems like every idea has been done to death and will probably continue to seem that way, but when a film like this comes along, no matter whether it’s well-done or not (which this film is) it shows that there is hope for continued ideas in the world of filmmaking.
So if you’re interested in seeing something that will stimulate your mind and possibly think about that person who used to be your best friend but something you or they did caused that friendship to end, then I suggest this innovative film about the current era of social networking. The Social Network is a great film that discusses how becoming friends with someone has changed to suit the technological age. I have spoken.