I recently watched The Social Network and it was a pretty good movie. It is the story about the Facebook founders and how the site got started; the movie is actually based on a book (currently reading it) that’s fairly decent too. So, here’s a quick review of the movie, once I finish the book I’ll post a review of that as well.
The story is based on true event, I mean the lawsuits actually took place, the depositions actually happened. The movie uses these depositions to create flashbacks to tell the entire story to the viewers. Since there are two depositions going on simultaneously, it becomes a little confusing, but the flashbacks are in sequential order, making it easier to understand. The screenplay also does a wonderful job in portraying Zuckerberg’s personality and character (at least it creates an image, which may or may not be true).
The acting in the movie is wonderful; Jesse Eisenberg (Zuckerberg) and Andrew Garfield (Saverin) play their roles really well. Of the two, Garfield’s portrayal of the innocent friend that wanted to help really increases the impact of Zuckerberg’s eventual betrayal. Beyond just these two actors, we also have Justin Timberlake’s acting of Sean Parker (the founder of Napster and Plaxo). Timberlake’s acting is actually very impressive and he could actually be strong actor in the next few years. He’s been in a bunch of movies in the past, but I don’t think he’s been this good in them. This could possibly be his breakout movie role. Who knows, he might be a better actor than singer (not saying he’s not a good singer, but not all his songs are that good…)
Overall, the movie is good, parts were humorous, parts were serious. I don’t think it’s an amazing movie, but definitely one of the better movies of the year.