The Social Network

The Social Network ★★★★

After Seven and Fight Club, David Fincher continues with this movie his analysis of the contradictions and evils of contemporary society. Through the events related to the genesis and rise of Facebook, The Social Network provides a bitter and obsessive version of the American dream, placing it in the context of the neo-class American society of this first part of the century. The paradoxical story of a boy unable to relate to friends and lovers, who builds the most colossal business in modern history precisely on human relationships, is therefore the starting point for exploring the era of global communication. Facebook was born as an anarchist and rebellious idea against American college elitism. An instrument of redemption through which its creator intends to emancipate himself from his condition as a nerd, between rivalry, jealousies, intrigues, betrayals and legal battles. Mark Zuckerberg is an "asshole by choice" who, in order to reach his goal, creates a void around himself and - in an extraordinary final scene for intensity and symbolism - falls victim to his own creation, looking online for what life has denied him. The director's eye is neutral, does not judge, does not take a position on who the good and the bad are, but tells with great effectiveness the different truths of the same story. An editing that breaks up the timeline of the story giving the film a fast pace, the sharp dialogues due to the talent of screenwriter Aaron Sorkin, and a perfect cast on which the protagonist Jesse Eisenberg stands out, are the strengths of this new pearl in David Fincher's career.

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