The Social Network (second viewing): 8.5/10

‘I think if your clients want to sit on my shoulders and call themselves tall, they have the right to give it a try’

Rooney Mara, left, and Jesse Eisenberg in Columbia Pictures' "The Social Network."

Master director David Fincher brings us the story of world conquering website Facebook from its humble beginnings through to present day with all the court cases and disputes in between. Jesse Eisenberg is perfect as founder Mark Zuckerberg, aloof, arrogant, yet vulnerable at the same time. Arguably even better is Armie Hammer as the Winklevoss twins, he plays both twins, both very different characters. Andrew Garfield is as classy and reliable as ever as Zuckerberg’s ‘only friend’ and Facebook co-founder Eduardo Saverin.

Fincher’s direction is superb as always as he continues to show his flexibility following such varied works as Seven, Fight Club and Zodiac. The other star of The Social Network is writer Aaron Sorkins snappy, clever, funny and Oscar winning script, any watchers of The West Wing or Newsroom will be familiar with Sorkin’s style but The Social Network could well be his most accomplished work yet. Trent Reznor’s excellent and also Oscar winning score add to what is a brilliant film.

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