The Social Network

Overall Ideas/Analysis of Movie

After watching The Social Network, I was left wondering what exactly the director’s point of the movie was, and to be honest I wasn’t entirely sure. After taking some time to think about what the movie was about and what happened I came up with a couple of conclusions.

I think that what the director of the movie was trying to show was the progression or I guess you could say disintegration of Mark Zuckerberg’s character. The movie seems to be centered around Mark’s relationship to his “close” friend, Eduardo, and acquaintances on the campus of Harvard University and others he meets later on in the film. I would say the director is trying to communicate how and why Mark Zuckerberg becomes the kind of character he is at the end of the movie, which frankly to me, isn’t a very likable one. The movie shows how so many of his relationships were destroyed or drastically changed by the creation of Facebook. As the movie develops more the viewer begins to see the deterioration of not only the relationships Mark has, but his characters “values” for lack of a better term you could say. The flashback/flash forward nature of the movie is a really effective way of showing how the relationships changed as well. The viewer is allowed to see what the relationships between Mark and his “friends” and acquaintances are like in the present day as well as before Facebook became internationally known. The flashbacks and flash forwards are an effective and interesting way to show how the broken relationships came to be and allows viewers to see bits and pieces allowing them to guess as to what will happen next in the relationship to further destroy it rather then showing how all the relationships broke and how Facebook came to be in chronological order, which is a technique I find to be rather boring.

Scene of Focus: End Scene.

I chose to focus on the last scene of the movie, where Mark is talking to the associate lawyer who was chosen to sit in on his deposition, followed by Mark being left alone in the room after she leaves. The conversation that they have really brought the movie full circle to me and think it was a clever way of wrapping up the movie altogether in my opinion. I think that the director is trying to make the point that although Mark Zuckerberg became extremely successful and is very well liked by people who have no idea who he is, the people who do know him have to come learn what kind of person he truly is. The young lawyer almost empathizes for him you could say and her last words to him “You’re not an asshole Mark, you’re just trying really hard to be one” is something to really resinated with Mark at the end of the movie I believe. Although it would appear that Mark “has it all” in all reality he doesn’t. He has no one share to his success with and had damaged almost all his relationships because of his, obsession, you could say with making Facebook successful and number 1. Some of the Cinematography that helped convey this meaning and message in the final scene is the lighting that was used, it was rather dark and the contrast between the lights and dark was rather high, giving the scene a sense of regret or guilt, which seems to lead the viewer to thinking that Mark may feel some kind emotion similar to these due to his betrayal of friends and peers from his school. Also the scene cuts from a visual of Marks face to him typing on the keyboard which seems to convey he’s come to a conclusion about what the lawyer said to him, and you find he types in his ex-girlfriend’s name who dumped him at the beginning of the movie. The point of view changes from us watching him type, to us looking at the computer screen as if we are Mark. We see him friend the girl, Erica, on Facebook and continually hit the refresh button waiting for her to accept the request. This scene also shows an expectation of Mark, he’s used to everything coming so quickly and automatically to him that when she doesn’t accept the friend request right away he keeps refreshing expecting it to change, and it doesn’t. The body language of the actor changes after the realization that Erica will not most likely return the request, it’s almost as if he’s beginning to realize what he did to the relationships in his life because of the social network he created. The end scene’s decor is very minimalist and clean, there’s not much to look at in the frame except Zuckerberg, I believe the director does this on purpose because he want’s the viewer to understand that Mark is alone with thoughts. He has no one in the room with him and is left to think about friendships he has ended and the words spoken by lawyer that seem to ring true of his character throughout the different scenes in the movie. The final scene is rather plain in detail and decor because the director wants the viewer focused on Mark and the sort of revelation you could say that occurs within his character after all the lawsuits and arguing are over. The close in shots of Marks face and his expression changing, the silence of the background noise, and finally only hearing the click of the computer mouse on Mark’s computer allow the viewer to understand what Mark is thinking and what he believes he needs to do to make things right.


One thought on “The Social Network

  1. heatherdaigneault says:

    I really like the scene you chose to analyze. It goes to show what kind of person Mark really was. Really good use of the vocab and explaining the cinematography. I would not have noticed Mark’s body language changing after he friend requested his ex and that representing that he had known that he did something bad.


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