Milez Das’s review published on Letterboxd:
As Mark sits in a room alone looking at his laptop waiting for Erica Albright to respond his friend request, I sit back and think about Mark and what I just witnessed. How it all started, Mark being angry and drunk about his break up, blogging about it and creating something that made him the most hated man on the campus.
Mark is someone who can rub people the wrong as soon as he opens his mouth. The creation of Facebook might be onto his need of creating friends that are just virtual rather than reflecting onto his real life. He had one friend and he diluted his shares down to .03% (I wasn't going to mention this but it is really funny tho). Eduardo knew what was Mark and sided with him always. Mark kind of downed him every turn. It was like as soon as Mark thought he has said something good he had to counter attack with something bad.
Did he steal from the twin brothers? It was just an idea. As Mark says to them, If you guys were the inventors of Facebook, you'd have invented Facebook.. It is like making a movie, someone had an idea for it made it, but someone else made it better by making it his own.
One of the most brilliant thing about this movie is the pace. it never stops being interesting, it just blows your mind step by step. Eduardo is someone who is trying to get business side of it, but as it is mentioned in the movie many times by Mark and Sean...At first it was just cool, nobody knew what to really make of it. Sean Parker: You don't even know what the thing is yet. How big it can get, how far it can go. This is no time to take your chips down. A million dollars isn't cool, you know what's cool?
Eduardo Saverin: [Sarcastically] You?
Sean Parker: [the scene shifts back to the deposition room] A billion dollars.
As for Mark he really never had any friends but he made enemies pretty quickly. One of the most iconic scene for me was,
Gretchen: 18,000 dollars?
Eduardo Saverin: Yes.
Gretchen: In addition to the $1,000 you'd already put up?
Eduardo Saverin: Yes.
Gretchen: A total of $19,000 now?
Eduardo Saverin: Yes.
Mark Zuckerberg: Hang on.
[Mark sarcastically adds up the 2 amounts on his notepad]
Mark Zuckerberg: I'm just checking your math on that. Yes, I got the same thing.
Mark saw a version of himself in Sean who saw what he wanted to do. You can see him at that lunch how his eyes sparkled . Sean was someone who knew more, but he is the kind of person who likes to gloat. Well, he removed 'THE' from Facebook tho.
You just can't watch this movie and not appreciated the splendid screenplay of Aaron Sorkin. He is brilliant with his dialogues, the are very precise and perfectly punched in. There is no room for improvisation when he writes, I mean what are you really going to bring in new when he writes something like this? Even the characters here, except for Eduardo you really don't like anyone. Especially not Sean Parker.
And the score of this movie... Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross gave is one of the best of this decade and I think the score of Inception was in the race too. Every thump, every beat, every electronic trance...It just soothes in with every frame.
Ficnher Directing this movie was just another brilliant feather for this movie. With the intensity and going inter cuts with depositions and showing a creation of social media giant and blending it together...All I can say is David Fincher can only make great films.
Jesse Eisenberg perfectly captures the persona of Mark Zuckerberg. With his rapid conversations with Erica at the start,to owing a room with a single line, from trying to be an asshole to being an asshole. He just becomes Mark. Though, when I look at real Mark's interviews, he is still so afraid of public speaking.
Andrew Garfield as Eduardo gives one of his best performance here. Being the Co Founder, sidelined in many things, especially when Mark gets hard for Sean Parker. His scene when learns about his diluted shares is seriously epic as he smashes Mark's laptop and just winds through Sean.
Justin Timberlake really becomes the over the top, self indulgent and gloating person that is Sean Parker. Every fucking time telling his stories, like he is the only one who has stories to tell.
The Social Network is a brilliantly scripted, equally performed with a great score. It shows a reality that goes on in creating that something that changed a world for better or worse. Facebook is in many places where there is no water, roads or any basic necessities. It has became integral part of many people, some use it for good and some for the worse. That's social networking for you.
As for Mark... You don't get to 500 million FRIENDS without making a FEW ENEMIES.
Also, this the movie where I fell in love with Rooney Mara and Dakota Johnson.
And, HOW THE FUCK THIS MOVIE LOST TO A MOVIE LIKE THE KING'S FUCKING SPEECH?