Debbie’s review published on Letterboxd:
The first time I watched The Social Network, I went in unknowingly into the cinema to watch that 'Facebook movie' (I was only 13, forgive me). I came out simply MINDBLOWN and certainly very impressed.. even as a 13 year old. Since then, it has been one of my favourite films - the story, the actors, the writing, the score - everything in this film is overwhelmingly good. From the opening scene, the colour palette and the score sets the mood perfectly.. along with Sorkin's incredibly smart and witty writing that demonstrates Eisenberg's fantastic and intriguing performance as Mark Zuckerberg. Sorkin's writing is just spectacular in this film - it's crisp, eloquent and most importantly, its ability to create characters that are so well-developed and interesting- that it becomes so difficult not to even sympathise for the robotically-portrayed Zuckerberg.
To be honest, I don't even care that the story is exaggerated. It's a FILM. It's not a documentary - its purpose is to entertain, and hell.. Fincher knows exactly what he is doing. A film about the creation of Facebook should not even be that interesting, let alone enough to create a masterpiece from it.. which he does. From Eisenberg's performance and confident line delivery that oozes intellect, yet a whole lot of cockiness- to Andrew Garfield's performance as Eduardo (robbed of an Oscar nom IMO), the cast in this film are just magnificent. The innovative minimalist score by Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross underlies the genius of the film, its subtleness yet totally appropriate electro-tone upholds the tense and compelling story that Fincher presents us with.
The Social Network is a cinematic masterpiece that is difficult to forget- and personally, will remain as a favourite modern classic.