Haydn’s review published on Letterboxd:
It's been nearly 5 years since I last seen this film and I have been meaning to re watching it for a long time.
But now that I have re watched it last week and I can safely say that The Social Network is now one of my new all time favorites.
What David Fincher did so excellently is that he took back from the normal style he had for other masterpieces like Se7en and Fight Club and went into a different style that works for this films intent perfectly. His direction is energetic, slick, and simply flawless that he has proven once again that he's one of the the best directors working today and the Oscars refuses to give him an Oscar by this point of time. The same with Nolan (which he was completely snubbed for Inception the same year).
The performances from the cast are Transcended. Jessie Eisenberg was prefect as Mark Zuckerberg and still to this day his best performance. He captures the cocky, cruel and narcissistic persona of Mark while also making us feel sympathetic for him. Which is the great thing about Eisenberg did in this film is that he had the full energy to capture Zuckerberg perfectly to make us hate him and feel sympathy for him at same time.
Andrew Garfield is also terrific in the film. As he portrayed Eduardo Savarin with full energy and passion into his performance with giving the full understanding on how Eduardo and Marks friendship evolved since the creation of Facebook and one scene that was so brilliantly written where Eduardo releases his anger to Mark is done brilliantly thanks to Andrew's fantastic performance and the screenplay (which we'll get to in a moment).
The rest of the supporting cast like Justin Timberlake, Arime Hammer, and Rooney Mara were also excellent in their roles and they were giving their energy and talent towards on making their roles to the highest level they need to reach.
The score by Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross is fantastic. Even though I thought Inception had a much better score, I can see why this score won most of the awards. The music just adds another level of energetic, poetic, and meaningful feel to the film that keeps you interested into the film and helps to tell the story as well.
But by far the highlight of this film is Aaron Sorkin and his fantastic screenplay. This is one of the written films I've seen in a long time. From the dialogue, the way it tells it's story, and the way everything it was lay out is all magnificent. As well as showing both some of the dark and evil and happy and great sides of building a company that will show the internal central of how this film wanted to dive into that area.
In conclusion, The Social Network is one of the greatest, energetic, brilliant, and one of the best films of this decade and of all time.
It's a film that's filed with perfection across every level in terms of story, characters, acting, directing, editing, score and especially screenplay.
Oh thank the lord for Aaron Sorkin and David Fincher for creating a master class of art like this.