500 Word Review – The Social Network dir. David Fincher

The man known for thrillers such as Se7en and Gone Girl decided to focus on an entirely different type of story. Instead of stories about notorious killers like the Zodiac or fast paced yet thought provoking action thrillers such as The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, David Fincher decided to use his film making expertise to tell the story of the youngest billionaire in history, the creator of Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg.  With the help of his trusty cinematographer Jeff Cronenweth, editors Angus Wall and Kirk Baxter and a powerful score from Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross, known autuer David Fincher was able to put together the most compelling and gripping biographical film put to cinema.

To begin with, the way Fincher directs his actors has to be applauded because the acting is astounding. A protagonist which questionable morals who the audience finds difficult to either hate or love is something that Fincher is known to be able to perfect in his films now. From the narrator in Fight Club to Nick Dunne in Gone Girl, being able to pull off  an egotistical and disliked protagonist that we are able to care about is one of Fincher’s many talents and yet with every film and every protagonist, they get better by getting worse in nature and none of Fincher’s egotistical protagonists do we care about more than Jesse Eisenberg with his portrayal of Mark Zuckerberg. Jesse’s performance as the cocky creator of Facebook makes it so easy for us to dislike him with the way he talks down to people and cuts them off, especially when he is faced with Andrew Garfield’s Eduardo Saverin. However, that same cockiness leads us to root for him when faced with the Armie Hammer twins Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss.

The colour pallet of the film is very similar to other Fincher films with the entire shot being washed over with dark blues and greens. This choice to keep these dark and dreary colours not only reminds us that we are watching a David Fincher film, but it also adds to the expected mood of the particular scene. The dark and dreary greens of the courtroom when it begins to rain shows the terrible situation that Zuckerberg has got himself into. The dark blues when the Winklevoss twins lose their rowing match in London to the remixed version of “In the Hall of the Mountain King” perfectly reflects their failure to beat Zuckerberg in the race to make Facebook. When Zuckerberg meets Sean Parker (Justin Timberlake) and we see the film through his eyes, there is a bright yellow tint over the shots to show Zuckerberg’s jubilation whereas when we see the exact same friendship between Zuckerberg and Parker through eduardo’s eyes, the colours are dark once again. Everything that is done is done with a purpose, not just because it’s a David Fincher film.

Overall, of all of Fincher’s perfect films, this easily ranks as one of the best of his filmography and one of the best of the past decade.

 

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