Sunday, February 2, 2014

The Social Network (2010) [PG-13] *****

Based on an insightful screenplay by Aaron Sorkin (Charlie Wilson's War), from the book The Accidental Billionaires by Ben Mezrich, and brilliantly directed by David Fincher (The Curious Case of Benjamin Button), this is a fast-paced story of how Facebook was conceived and created in 2003 by Mark Zuckerberg, as a way for male Harvard University undergraduates to meet girls.

The film stars Jesse Eisenberg as Zuckerberg, Andrew Garfield as Eduardo Saverin, his best friend, co-founder and financial lifeline, and Justin Timberlake as Sean Parker, the founder of Napster, the music-sharing website. All three actors provide us with strong, nuanced performances, and the story of how Facebook grew from 500 members on the Harvard campus to 500 million members worldwide in six years is a truly fascinating one. The Social Network won four Golden Globe awards for motion pictures: Best Director, Best Drama, Best Screenplay and Best Score. The film also garnered Golden Globe award nominations for leading actor Jesse Eisenberg and supporting actor Andrew Garfield. Whether or not you're a Facebook member, you won't want to miss this film. 

Labels: biography, college, drama, history 

Internet Movie Database    
Metacritic 95/100  
RottenTomatoes Averages (critics=90, viewers=82)   

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