Deckard🥃’s review published on Letterboxd:
The Directors Series: Part I-The David Fincher Retrospective
"You're not an asshole, Mark. You're just trying so hard to be."
Fincher strayed off with The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button, and here Fincher strays off a little more, heading into Talkudrama, though his style of presenting things be in shots and cuts is much more present and recognizable here than the former. The Social Network is about the founding of Facebook from Mark Zuckerberg and Eduardo Saverin. The idea stemming from an already present idea from The Winklevoss Twins, and the expansion and explosion of Facebook. Everything comes with a price. The Social Network is a modern masterpiece and a damn good tale about greed and deception.
This is definitely one of Fincher's best films, if not his absolute best. During a generation where everyone shares something to their friends online, It's a film for our generation, and like I just previously stated, a modern tale of greed and deception. It's not Fincher's loudest film to say, but what starts off as just a group of guys making something that is different and revolutionary, it's the idea that you want more and the expenses that you are willing to get it. Even if it means fucking over your best friend and diluting his shares of the company.
The acting, particularly from Jesse Eisenberg, who plays Mark Zuckerberg, is excellent. Whether he really brings the real life person to the screen or not, he really handles this type of character aside from the types he usually plays. He's brilliant everywhere and in every way. Be it that is trying to be nice, or being a smug arrogant person. It's a character that you want to like but by the end of the film, you just don't know if you're really willing to like this person or not.
There's this look to the film, where even though this is really a straightforward type of film, it just looks so beautiful. The most simplest of shots and transitions looks so damn good here. There's so much rich detail in every single shot. Phenomenal job, Jeff Cronenweth. The Editing ties everything together, with quick cuts during dialogue heavy scenes that are shot exquisitely and lit very well (like most Fincher films.)
The music score by Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross is another beautiful aspect. It, to me, perfectly captures this generation, but most of all, brings the world before us in this film alive. It's some of the best musical score I've heard in a film and I always find myself listening to it and appreciating the musical genius that is Mr. Reznor. Each scene may sound somewhat slightly different, but the musical tone is always the same and it's wonderful.
I can't say anything else about this amazing film, other than if you haven't seen it, you must. An excellent entry in David Fincher's filmography, and it's definitely one of his best, if not his best. It's a strong film, and it's certainly a classic amongst us. The Social Network is a triumph.
"You are probably going to be a very successful computer person. But you're going to go through life thinking that girls don't like you because you're a nerd. And I want you to know, from the bottom of my heart, that that won't be true. It'll be because you're an asshole."