The Social Network
David Fincher makes good movies because he knows something about human beings. As with his other films, The Social Network comes alive because Fincher understands that people rarely say what’s really going on in their minds, and what they say is often not what they really mean. Fincher gathers actors capable of getting this across – in this case, young talent like Eisenberg (The Squid and the Whale) and Garfield (Lions for Lambs or the brilliant Boy A) and, yes, even Justin Timberlake.
The Social Network also clicks because Fincher found a compelling way to tell the story of Facebook founders Mark Zuckerberg and Eduardo Saverin by going against the usual model of an unlikely hero’s rise to the top. Instead, the plot moves toward its climax of Facebook gathering one million users from both ends of the chronology: when it comes, and someone is asked to refresh the page that’s counting, the number has already moved past the magic million and the triumphal moment is an after-thought.
The Social Network bowls viewers over with the relentless momentum that’s driving its protagonists, and draws its dynamic tension from the fact that when you’re inside a story, you can never know where you are - the beginning? The end? And are you at the center of it all, or just a bit player?
THE SOCIAL NETWORK | Directed by David Fincher (USA 2010) with Jesse Eisenberg, Andrew Garfield, Justin Timberlake. Opens in Berlin cinemas on October 7.