‘The Social Network’: 10 year anniversary review

A decade has passed and yet, the film still holds up

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A decade has passed and yet, the film still holds up

Ten years ago, director David Fincher crafted his greatest masterpiece. The Social Network tells the true story about the creation of Facebook and follows Mark Zuckerburg (Jesse Eisenberg) as a Harvard undergrad. Everything in this movie meshes so well together, from the script to the direction to the performances.

While this film is not a thriller (which is Fincher’s specialty), Fincher injects his directing style into this story effortlessly and it works wonders. He makes you feel the weight and importance of every moment and situation like few filmmakers can.

The script may legitimately be the best part of the entire film. Aaron Sorkin’s screenplay is pure genius. It’s brilliant in how it tells the story through the dialogue and actions of the characters. We easily understand everybody’s motivations without it ever being spelled out. Sorkin deserves all the credit in the world for this script and he more than earned the Oscar for “Best Adapted Screenplay”.

The cast of this movie does a phenomenal job with what they’re given. Jesse Eisenberg, Andrew Garfield, Justin Timberlake, and Armie Hammer are the standout performances, with each of them giving their own distinct depictions of the real life people they’re playing. Hammer portrays the Winklevoss twins as self-righteous narcissists. Timberlake portrays Sean Parker as a cocky egotist. Garfield portrays Eduardo Saverin as an anxious pessimist. Last but not least, Eisenberg portrays Mark Zuckerberg as an ambitious control freak. They all come together to make one of the best casts of a movie in recent memory.

This movie is the best that David Fincher has to offer. He has made a lot of other classic films, such as Zodiac, Se7en, Gone Girl, and Fight Club. However, The Social Network is Fincher’s magnum opus. It manages to flawlessly tell a real life story about greed, deception, and betrayal, while also being one of the most rewatchable films of the 21st century. It’s a smart and timeless movie with plenty of memorable moments and characters. 

I give The Social Network a perfect 10/10 rating.