David Fincher makes great movies. From Fight Club to Seven, Zodiac to Panic Room, there is no doubt he makes tremendous thrillers. The Social Network (not too unlike The Curious Case of Benjamin Button) keeps up his tradition of making good movies, but deviates from his usual thriller genre.
The Social Network tells the story of Mark Zuckerberg, founder of Facebook. He stumbles upon the idea of one grand social networking site while tipsy, angry and on his laptop at his dorm in Harvard. He first came up with a website called ''FaceMash" which people could log onto and compare the hotness of Harvard undergrads.
Later down the road, Mark faces two law suits and multiple conflicts between friends and colleagues, all claiming they deserve some credit for coming up with Facebook. The story is told well through a linear story of Zuckerberg's creation of Facebook intertwined with segments of his lawsuits.
Jesse Eisenberg (Zombieland) fills the lead role as Zuckerberg perfectly. He nails the mannerisms and personality traits I imagine a Harvard-kid like Mark would have. Him and director David Fincher have decided not to paint Zuckerberg as a hero, but tell the story for what it was. In the end the film decides that Mark Zuckerberg is not an a**hole, although at times he has tried to be one.
The Social Network is a great movie. It's another well designed film David Fincher can be proud to add to his resume. Jesse Eisenberg is great, Justin Timberlake proves he might have a chance in acting and Andrew Garfield is good too (but I don't really see him as Spiderman). Overall, The Social Network is an enjoyable film which is almost certainly going to be a contender at next years Academy Awards.