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The Social Network- A Look at a Generation Who Just Needs a Computer Screen to Have a Life October 20, 2010

Filed under: Film Reviews — reelreview10 @ 2:17 am

     I am a self-proclaimed Facebook junkie. There. I said it. I can sign into the homepage with my eyes closed void of error. But I never really stopped to notice how much thought went into that homepage. A homepage on any website says to the viewer: “Hello. Come visit me.” Facebook’s homepage says to the average college student: “Hello. I’m blue, easy to use and oh so tempting. Come visit me. Don’t do your homework.”
     Cult-classic film The Social Network directed by David Fincher (Fight Club), captures the mind-set of a generation that doesn’t need to see a person face to face to have a relationship with them. To fight with them. To love them. To feel emotion toward them. Through the computer screen, scores of today’s young people have found salvation in having 500 Facebook “friends,” even if they have never spoken in real life. Because Facebook is essentially a “friend site.”
     The Social Network defines this generation to a tee. Jesse Eisenberg leads an all-star cast as Facebook founder and CEO, Mark Zuckerberg. The film opens to Zuckerberg (Eisenberg), who has just broken up with his girlfriend and is breaking the number one rule of Internet usage: Thou shalt not drink and blog. He hacks into the Harvard network and creates the Facemash, a way for students on the Harvard campus to rate girls based solely on looks.
     He grabs the attention of the popular Winklevoss twins (Armie Hammer), both from a prestigious family, both incredibly attractive, and both, most importantly, fabulously wealthy. The pair enlist Zuckerberg’s genius toward a network that focuses on Harvard’s student population.
     Well, we all know what happens next. Zuckerberg blows off the Winklevoss twins idea and creates “The Facebook”, which originates as a site for Harvard students to keep up with friends and meet new people on campus. He appoints the help of his best friend Eduardo (Andrew Garfield) and Sean Parker (Justin Timberlake), founder of Napster, to expand the website into the monster it is today.
     Eisenberg is the obvious standout as uber-nerd Zuckerberg, but the dark horse of Network would have to be Timberlake, portraying arrogant genius Sean Parker impeccably. He captures the attention of the crowd the second he mosyes (or rather, appears in his bedroom with a lovely lady) an hour into the film. Could an Oscar be in the works for Mr. Sexy Back? My prediction? You can count on it. Timberlake is brilliant.
     What really makes the film as a whole a standout is the meticulous, yet completely natural use of detail that realistically portrays college life. I rejoiced when Zuckerberg waltzed on-screen munching on a Twizzler, his friends playing beer-pong in the background. In another scene, he comes to a meeting with suit and tie wearing lawyers donning Addidas sandals (with socks!)
     Not often does a film of this caliber emerge. Smart, sexy and LMFAO funny, Network reaches viewers on a personal level. The film ends with Zuckerberg sitting alone at his desk in front of a computer screen, amidst being sued by his best friend for $600 million.
     The Social Network. You will LOL. You will :’(. You will ❤ it.

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