The Social Network ★★★★½

The very template of an assured masterpiece, The Social Network is what happens when an impeccable script, a visionary director & a committed cast n crew come together under one roof, and work in perfect harmony with each other. A monumental achievement of contemporary filmmaking, The Social Network is the defining portrait of a generation and a masterpiece for the ages.

Illustrating the founding of Facebook, the story of The Social Network follows Mark Zuckerberg; a Harvard sophomore who in his dorm room creates a social networking site which would later take over the digital world unlike anything before or after, but later finds himself being sued by two brothers who claim that he stole their idea & also by the co-founder who was squeezed out of the company.

Directed by David Fincher, The Social Network presents the renowned filmmaker at his bloody best, for he's crafted the picture with great care, confidence & sophistication, plus the balance between its style & substance are of topmost quality. Written by Aaron Sorkin, the script is easily amongst the decade's finest for the smallest of ingredients end up making the story all the more engaging.

Coming to the technical aspects, The Social Network is pretty much flawless. Production design team does a stellar job in providing the required hip, urban ambience. Cinematography is absolutely perfect; whether it's the camera movements, colour composition or lighting, Editing is extremely tight for there isn't any dull moment in the story & it sustains its terrific pace from start to finish.

Marking the beginning of a new director-composer collaboration, the background score of The Social Network is composed by Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross, and for the seamless manner in which its tracks integrate with the film's events, provide an increased momentum to the story & elevate the cinematic experience to a whole new level, the soundtrack is no less groundbreaking feat in itself.

The cast comprises of Jesse Eisenberg, Andrew Garfield, Justin Timberlake, Armie Hammer & Rooney Mara, with each chipping in with brilliant work. Eisenberg is quite a revelation in his role of Mark Zuckerberg & delivers a highly energetic performance, Garfield follows him closely as Eduardo Saverin; co-founder of Facebook, Timberlake is in as Sean Parker while Hammer plays along nicely as Winklevoss twins.

On an overall scale, The Social Network is a perfect blend of all the ingredients one requires to make a great film and under the assured direction of David Fincher, ends up accomplishing much more. Downright engaging, wildly entertaining & immensely satisfying, The Social Network may not be an entirely accurate account of the events leading to Facebook's creation but it certainly is 21st century filmmaking at its very best. One hundred percent recommended.

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