The Social Network is a movie I’ve been anticipating since it was announced. I had never read the book, but was always a bit interested in the concept then when I heard that David Fincher was directing the movie, I just couldn’t wait. Everything in my heart told me that The Social Network was going to be a fantastic film. I had no doubts and what I got was nothing less than that. The Social Network was a spectacular film.
David Fincher has been the director of such amazing films as SE7EN, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Zodiac, Fight Club etc. I can honestly say without a doubt in my mind that after Fight Club, The Social Network is the greatest film he’s made. When looking back on his career, Fight Club and The Social Network will be the movies he’s remembered for.
The Social Network is the masterpiece that the world needed. It fully encapsulates the idea of “Next Generation” like no other film has ever been able to. Its a film that doesn’t have action or violence. It doesn’t have a good guy and a bad guy. Its just a story about humans and their nature. A story that was necessary and extremely entertaining because it was told brilliantly.
Movie reviews have been floating around the internet on this movie and being the lover of movies I am, I couldn’t help but take a glimpse over a few of them. It seems that a good majority agrees with each other on this films brilliance, but there are many with complaints. Some have problems with its depiction of Mark Zuckerberg as a villain, while others don’t care for the fact that bits of the story aren’t true.
First off, if I wanted the truth on the matter I’d go out and read a newspaper. If I were that interested, I would find the truth. A movie theater isn’t a classroom, its purpose isn’t to inform us or teach us anything. A film’s purpose is to tell the greatest story that can, while expressing their own ideas and morals. The film wasn’t a documentary and if you’re expecting one, don’t see the movie. A film takes us on adventures that we would’ve other wise not been able to enjoy; such as life as a bug, traveling through middle-earth or in this case, the rise of one of the most notable business empires of our generation.
Also, I never once looked at the character Mark Zuckerberg, that the film established and called him a villain. He was just a person. He did do some bad things, but don’t we all. Mark Zuckerberg wasn’t a hero or a villain. He was just Mark Zuckerberg. And that’s what made the film so beautiful was its breathtaking realism. Overall, The Social Network is just a masterpiece, pure and simple.