Review of Social Network
In 2020, a computer genius and Harvard undergraduate Mark Zuckerberg (Jesse Eisenberg) start work on a plan that eventually becomes the biggest social network in history, called Facebook. Six months later, Zuckerberg is among the youngest self-made billionaires ever, and his meteoric success leads to some personal and financial complications. The film follows the story of how an ambitious young man’s desire to connect with the world led him to commit such a potentially fatal move.
Based on a book written by Jesse Vuwine, the film stars Joe Mantegna as a computer whiz from New Jersey who lands a job as an engineer at Facebook’s headquarters. There, he develops the social networking site that would eventually be called Facebook. Aged twenty-four, Zuckerberg becomes the youngest employee ever. When the site is still a small operation, some employees are skeptical that it could become a giant like Google, but Facebook proves everyone wrong. As the company grows, people from all over the world start signing up to use its service.
However, many of those same people who signed up after reading about Facebook’s successes become convinced that it is a fraud. This is where Joe Mantegna’s character comes in. He is hired by an upper-level executive at Facebook to make sure that all the people who signed up are genuine. However, in doing so, he also becomes responsible for the Facebook lawsuit that Zuckerberg faces, which was brought against him by a former employee.
However, the first person to be sued is Andrew Garfield, who plays the character of Zuckerberg’s college roommate at Harvard. According to the complaint, Garfield used his computer skills to develop a profile that was very similar to that of a Facebook user and that of an existing Facebook user, named Eduardo Saverin. The site’s developers failed to take note that Garfield was the same person. After his role as Zuckerberg’s roommate is made public, a Facebook user uses his real name to sue him for breach of contract and emotional distress.
Other cast members who appear in the film include Justin Bieber, Robert Downey Jr., Morgan Freeman, Alexander Gould, and Reese Witherspoon. As with most movies, some people have mixed reviews of the acting quality of the actors. However, most audiences will agree that the script, directed by M. Night Shyamalan, provides a good enough plot with realistic characters. that are believable.
Sebastian Bieber is not only excellent at playing a young, dynamic personality, but he also has a very convincing voice. While he doesn’t have the vocal range of a real celebrity, his presence as a singer is convincing and adds to the charm of the film. Meanwhile, Morgan Freeman as Zuckerberg’s boss is the best part of the whole film. However, Anna Kendrick also does well as a Harvard student who is involved in some of the funnier scenes.
Despite the many technical difficulties and legal tangles that arise in the film, the plot, while not particularly complex, does provide enough interest to keep you guessing. It’s a good watch and can easily be viewed on VHS or DVD. The screenplay is not as impressive as the novel, though, and the acting is fairly average, though.
In summary, Social Network is a fun, fast-paced film that is full of good-natured, funny interactions between several characters. Though it lacks some of the more interesting aspects of other movies dealing with the social networking phenomenon, the movie does manage to provide a good enough plot with realistic characters.
The Social Network cast isn’t all that memorable, though. Justin Bieber, for example, seems to be an excellent actor, but his voice and acting are lacking compared to many of the other actors. Alexander Gould, who plays Zuckerberg’s roommate, Eduardo, also has a weak performance, but is better than Bieber.
Overall, the Social Network cast is nothing special. Their roles aren’t anything spectacular, but they are still entertaining enough to make the film worthwhile. for those looking for a quick comedy.
Overall, Social Network is a good watch with a few good laughs, but otherwise suffers from underdeveloped plots and characters. The only noteworthy aspect of the film that is good is the acting, but that is more on the list of things to complain about than actually enjoying the film.