The Social Network (2010)

socialDirector: David Fincher

Writer: Aaron Sorkin (Screenplay) Ben Mezrich (Book)

Starring: Jesse Eisenberg, Andrew Garfield, Justin Timberlake, Armie Hammer, Max Minghella, Josh Pence, Rashida Jones, Rooney Mara

 

Plot: Harvard student Mark Zuckerberg creates the social networking site that would become known as Facebook, but is later sued by two brothers who claimed he stole their idea, and the co-founder who was later squeezed out of the business.

 

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Overrated and Hard Work

 

Story: The Social Network starts as we meet Mark Zuckerberg (Eisenberg) on a date with Erica Albright (Mara) showing how socially awkward he can be during his time Harvard. Upset about the break up Mark with his friend Eduardo Saverin (Garfield) Dustin Moskovitz (Mazzello) and Chris Hughes (Mapel) create a comparing girls photos on a website that spread through Harvard instantly bringing down the servers.

This night’s events cause Zuckerberg on front of a disciplinary panel as well as showing us the ongoing court case going on against Zuckerberg. His stunt has grab the attention of the Winklevoss twins Cameron and Tyler (Hammer playing both) who want Zuckerberg to help them with their big idea.

The story continues to show Mark works with Winklevoss twins only to use their idea to build his own site The Facebook. When the site takes off it grabs the attention of founder of Napster Sean Parker (Timberlake) who wants to take the site from Millions to Trillions. This is the story of how Facebook ends up becoming one of the biggest things the world has ever seen.

 

Thoughts on The Social Network

 

StoryThe story shows us how Facebook was built by making enemies with the people who helped start it going by borrowing ideas to make it the biggest sites in the world. We get plenty of business talk, tech talk and lawyer scenes which mix up the story for us making it difficult to understand everything that goes on because most of the story is very American, so if you don’t understand the terms you will find yourself lost in the mix. I feel this will always be a complex story that will be remember but is told very slow and confusingly.

Biography/DramaShowing the actions of the real-life people involved Mark Zuckerberg, Eduardo Saverin, the Winklevoss twins and Sean Porter show how they were all effected by what happened with the creation of Facebook which is all good as we see how these people were meant to be acting towards making this happen. There is nothing bad to say about this side of the story watching the genre.

Characters/PerformanceThe performances are nearly all flawless as we see just how these people are portrayed, we see how Zuckerberg comes off very brash arrogant and rude towards the people who help him. When you see the cast being involved you can see how the stars have started and come onto the next big things.

SettingsEach setting makes us see just how much a party incident this started as which would be where the idea started but the most important side of this is showing how it started with dorm room before turning into the business venture in a tower.

Final Thoughts Overall this is a very interesting look at how Facebook started even if the story can be hard to follow. We get heavyweight performances from all but the early stages of the film come off slow but the final acts of the film are the real highlights of the film.

 

Overall: Great performance, important story but at times tells a story we don’t need to know.

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Black Mirror Season 3 Episode 1 Nosedive

nosrediveDirector: Joe Wright

Writer: Rashida Jones, Michael Schur (Screenplay) Charlie Brooker (Story)

Starring: Bryce Dallas Howard, Alice Eve, Cherry Jones, James Norton, Alan Ritchson, Daisy Haggard

 

Plot: In a future entirely controlled by how people evaluate others on social media, a girl is trying to keep her “score” high while preparing for her oldest childhood friend’s wedding.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Shows Social Media Perfect

 

Story: Nosedive starts by taking us into a world where every single interaction you have gets reviewed by the people you have it with as everyone strives for popularity. Lacie (Howard) is a 4.2 and is always trying to impress everyone to help her score rise so she can move to a luxury apartment complex.

Her chances come when her hyper popular best friend Naomie (Eve) invites her to her wedding as we see Lacie see the light in her popularity spike. Lacie’s story takes a drastic turn for the worse as her point system crashes and she finds herself isolation in the world as she learns the effects within the world where popularity is important.

Nosedive is a perfect look at how certain people look at social media as they drive to be popular and how things can swing in an instant. It shows how people can judge you on something so meaningless like whether you like something other people did or you smiled at them. I feel this is something everyone who takes social media slightly too seriously needs to look at and reflect on their own life.

 

Overall: Hoping this is the start of something truly brilliant this season.

Rating90

 

 

The Muppets (2011)

Director: James Bobin

Writer: Jason Segel, Nicholas Stoller,

Starring: Amy Adams, Jason Segel, Chris Cooper, Rashida Jones

 

Story Walter is a lifelong Muppet fan and when his brother Gary (Segel) takes Walter away with him and his girlfriend Mary (Adams) Walter is very excited. Upon arriving at Muppet studio they find it is empty building having tours without going into any of the buildings. Walter sneaks into Kermit’s office only to over hear the plan of Tex Richman (Cooper) to tear down the Muppet studio to get oil.

 

Gary, Mary and Walter decided to find Kermit to tell him the news. Kermit then sets out to reunited the gang and what follows is a series of different ways to re unit the Muppets. Now the Muppets have to raise 10 million dollars before the end of the week by performing in a one off show. Cue the cameos galore good musical numbers and good old fashion comedy.

 

Verdict The Muppets are back and it’s not just a reworked story with Muppets this time. The musical numbers are catchy songs and there is a lot of classic hits Muppetted. All the different cameos come off very well from Dave Grohl to Mickey Rooney and Whoopi Goldberg to Selena Gomez. Having the human story with Gary and Mary relationship gives an almost romantic story to the comedy of the Muppets. It’s the Muppets you have to like it and enjoy watching it.

 

Story Mark 9/10 Nice tale of reunion and joining forces to succeed.

 

Comedy Mark 9/10 classic Muppet humour and clever use of cameos.

 

Friendship Chemistry Mark 9/10 Strong bonding between characters who are and become friends.

 

Star Performances Jason Segel can pull off a range of comical reactions.

 

Favourite Character Animal starting in anger management class and can’t go back to the drums.

 

Least Favourite Character Tex Richman evil character determined to finish the Muppets.

 

Best Part Muppet or Man song.

 

Worst Part Not enough Rizzo

 

Similar Too – Muppet movies

 

My Rating 82%