Mark Zuckerberg’s biopic directed by David Fincher returns to Arte this weekend.
For Quentin Tarantino, The Social Network, of David Fincher is the best movie of the 2010s. Just that ! Released in October 2011 at the cinema, it had indeed been acclaimed by critics, starting with First : “So many Hollywood movies chronicle the rise of their characters before their inevitable downfall. The Social Network recounts an ascent without falling and therefore without possible return or redemption, a success so dizzying that it forces its author to cast off towards heights of solitude. Fincher once said that to be a filmmaker you have to “to have a taste for conflict, a certain amount of paranoia and an excessive desire to be loved”. It would almost look like The Social Network to a self-portrait of unfathomable sadness. This existential dimension hovers permanently over this astonishing film, a parable whose protagonist is a sort of irremediably disconnected technological mutant. Almost a character that does not exist. Almost a science fiction character. Up there, up there. Alone to die for.”
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Here is a little tour of the press at the time of the release of The Social Network, while waiting to see him again on Sunday evening on Arte. Returning to the creation of Facebook by mark zuckerberg and his “friends”, the film is signed by Aaron Sorkin, the screenwriter ofTo the White House, from a novel dependent on Ben Mezrich, the film does not offer a flattering portrait of the creator of the website, which at the time had 500 million members worldwide.
“You can’t have 500 million friends without making a few enemies.”
The catchphrase of the film poster, if it certainly sticks to Zuckerberg’s journey, does not correspond to the reception of the film. As proof, this title of The Express : “David Fincher, Do you want to be my friend ?”, which introduces a very positive review of the feature film. “The Social Network is an exciting film that goes beyond the simple “biography” of Facebook since it reports the world.” That, in summary, is what we find in most articles on the film. Let’s be frank, it is difficult to find an article giving it less than three stars! Studio CineLive ? “Beyond the simple bio of Zuckerberg, or a product surfing on the Facebook phenomenon, Fincher delivers a solid film on the multiple facets of Man, and on the loneliness linked to genius.” Release ? “Fascinating (…) there is no movie that excites the maddened curiosity of any movie buff more this fall.” The Parisian ? “Far from the elegiac biopic, Fincher operates incessantly back and forth between the campus and the offices of the lawyers, relying on brilliant dialogues to draw the portrait of a brilliant, obnoxious, frustrated computer scientist, alone to die (Jesse Eisenberg, perfect).“The Inrocks ? “Leaving this film rich in multiple readings and at the pace of hell, we ask ourselves a question: billionaire, Zuckerberg has changed the world by just wanting to pecho girls. But is he happy?” As summarized by 20 minutes, we could even qualify The Social Network of “anti geek movie“, so universal is his treatment, the journey of the creator of Facebook being lulled by betrayal and loneliness. All the actors are described as excellent, from Jesse Eisenberg (“more than perfect in the role”, according to Paris Match, “amazing ambiguity”, according to West France) at Andrew Garfield (“who dominates, alongside Jesse Eisenberg, a stratospheric cast”, according to First) Passing by Justin Timberlake (“A crazy talent!”, according to Excessive).
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In short, the press was won over. And Mark Zuckerberg, then? He confessed in 2014, during a Facebook press conference, that he had found it “found it quite hurtful”: “I haven’t thought about this film for a long time. I’ve locked it out of my memory, sort of… I think the truth is, writing code and then creating a product and building a company isn’t glamorous enough to make a movie out of it, one can therefore imagine the number of things they had to embellish or disguise. They tried to find out about the exact interesting details, like the design of our office, but as far as the overall storyline went, they just made up a lot of things, which I found quite hurtful.”
Here is the trailer for The Social Network, to see again this weekend on television:
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