Monday, November 29, 2010

Social Network - Review!

The tagline says - “You don't get to 500 million friends without making a few enemies."

It is based on one of the biggest / famous social networking sites that has taken the world over by storm - Facebook.

It has a rating of 8.3 on 10 in IMDB.

And it is definitely one of the best movies in the recent times that I have seen. It’s definitely up there among one of the most interesting movies ever made, not only because of the fact that it is based on Facebook; but because it keeps you riveted all throughout.  

This is a movie that could have easily been tagged as a documentary or a business school case study had it not been portrayed so well. What works for the movie is the script. It’s intense and it’s brilliantly directed. There is no single time that the pace of the movie falters. It maintains the same steady pace right from scene one till the last scene. And it keeps you hooked. There are a lot of things going for the movie. The fine direction, the performances of the main actors, the dialogues, actually everything!

The actor who plays Mark Zuckerberg does his role exceedingly well. He is one guy to watch out for. Him and Andrew Garfield who plays Eduardo Saverin. They have both given fine performances and some of Mark’s dead-pan expressions in certain scenes are just too good. The dialogues help the movie keep the viewer’s attention in check. One thing that stands out for me in the movie is how the present situation as shown is interspersed with the flashbacks. Most of the times when a movie is shot this way, there’s a high chance that it can get botched up. But this one was superbly handled and it made the movie very interesting.

At the end of the day, when you look at it, without considering the tag of Facebook attached with it, it’s just a story of a college-going kid who wants to make it big and invents a social networking site that has a certain amount of exclusivity attached to it. It’s the story of the protagonists who struggle for social acceptance in one of the most prestigious institutions in the world. And this is something that most of us can relate to. They make mistakes. They learn along the way and then they invent something that now most of the world is hooked on. There is not one single scene in the movie which says that this person is right or that person is wrong. Instead, it’s left to the discretion of the viewers to come up with their own conclusion about the movie and its characters. And for a movie that has a controversial subject as its theme, Social Network does a fine job of doing everything just right. Not overdone. Not below par. Just right.

This one is a must-watch! 


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