Social networking movies

One semester passed so fast, and I am trying to prepare for the final exam of the social media course. I suddenly remembered the “social networking” this movie would like to share with you. I know you’re all busy at this time so you can choose to watch it after the exam.


In the fall of 2003, a 19-year-old Harvard University Genius student Mark Zuckerberg (Jesse Eisenberg decoration) is dumped by his girlfriend. Returning to his dorm, students , Zuckerberg writes an insulting entry about Albright on his live journal blog and then creates a campus website called facemask by hacking into college databases to steal photos students, then allowing site visitors to rate their attractiveness. After traffic to the site crashes parts of Harvard’s computer network, Zuckerberg is given six months of academic probation. His move caused a stir on campus, once created the Harvard’s server near collaps. Is called a blessing in disguise, Zuckerberg ‘s move caused the attention of temperature kelaiwosi brothers, they invited Zuckerberg to join the team, to jointly build a social networking site. At the same time, Zuckerberg also established a reputation for the future of the big noise Facebook”. After some effort, Facebook’s reputation is growing, Zuckerberg ‘s wealth grows day by day. However, all kinds of trouble is come here, the old friends become enemies with each other.

A convoluted tale of raw conflict on the origins of a new type of web site should not lend itself to an expensive movie as opposed to a television documentary. It succeeds because it is not about the technology but about creativity and conflict and about friendship and betrayal. It succeeds because of a magical combination of accomplished direction, scintillating dialogue and superb acting.

First and foremost, I have to take a step back and admire this film as a technical achievement. Despite it seems to be a departure for Fincher in terms of content and subject matter – which it is and then again isn’t – the film is very undeniably a cynical Fincher film. Re-teaming with his Fight Club director of photography Jeff Cronenweth, Fincher manages to create and capture that really unique look of all his films. The cinematography is absolutely gorgeous – once again, which looks absolutely beautiful, from the framing to the camera movement to the lighting and on to the look and the feel of the depth of field the captures.

Sorkin’s script is also an impeccable achievement and showcases, once again just what a genius this man really is. From a structural standpoint, it employs a very effective use of a framing device – the Zuckerberg lawsuit depositions, which introduce the various characters and lead into “flashbacks” of the events being discussed. It really lends the film an intensified mystery behind the Zuckerberg character and what exactly transpired in the creation of this phenomenon, Facebook. The rapid-fire, overlapping dialogue remains one of the highlights of the film for me, and the script is certainly a shoo-in for Oscar consideration.

The casting of the film is quite a departure for Fincher, who has enough clout to gather the biggest names working in the business. Instead, he opted to go for a cast of relative unknowns or up-and-comers, and really make stars out of them.

If you watch the film, you will realize that this isn’t a story about the founding of Facebook; it’s really a story about friendship, ambition and betrayal, a character study of this fascinating individual whose actions in the film happen to depict the invention of an online social networking site that gets out of hand and puts all of his relationships, especially that with his best friend and business partner, in jeopardy.

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4 Comments Add yours

  1. Wennie says:

    I’d love to watch it, thanks for sharing😉

  2. Qian Chen says:

    this literally is my favorite movie

  3. qzhang16 says:

    To be honest, I rate watch this kind of movies in daily life but after reading your essay, i would like to see.

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