Fincher's blisteringly entertaining The Social Network
touches down in the calm before the storm, before social media rewrote the rules on how information moves. We first meet the eventual founder of Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg (Eisenberg), in a bar, having drinks with his girlfriend (Mara). He is callous, socially inept, and ravenously ambitious – the boy who would be king, not yet fixed on what the kingdom will look like. The Social Network
cuts with ease from flashbacks of Zuckerberg's undergraduate days to depositions related to two concurrent lawsuits brought against him. Although the legal proceedings provide a handy framework for the film, who did what to whom, when, and with how much premeditated bloodlust is of ancillary concern to the film's layered examination of an asshole. (That's the filmmakers' word, not mine.) History as we know it is still unfurling, and The Social Network
is that rare film that has something – not yet definitive but certainly provocative – to say about it. Read a full review of The Social Network.