Me and My Nine Iron

October 4, 2010

The Social Network review

The Social Network is an amazing two-hour movie in which the pace

brilliantly moves as fast as Mark Zuckerberg’s mouth. It has received universal praise with one executive at Columbia Pictures, who distributed the movie, saying it has received the best reviews from what the studio has put out that he has heard in his career. (It’s worth noting that holding your job for five years in the industry is an eternity.) I predict, as many others do, that this movie will have an impressive shelf life, surpassing $100 million, after debuting No. 1 with an impressive $23 million.

Although the cast brilliantly executed their roles, this movie would have been nowhere near as good had screenwriter Aaron Sorkin and director David Fincher not been involved with the project, two guys whose careers anyone aspiring to do what they do reveres. This is Sorkin’s fifth screenplay to go with three TV series, and you might know him from A Few Good Men, West Wing, which he won an Emmy for, or most recently, Charlie Wilson’s War. He also has been nominated for Best Screenplay at the Golden Globes three times, a success rate (3 out of 4!) about parallel to the ingenious Coen brothers. Having written a highly computer-technical script, he is purported to be the frontrunner for Best Adapted Screenplay at next year’s Oscars.

Fincher, who maybe surprisingly is some people’s favorite director, isn’t without his own impressive resume. Best known for Alien, Se7en, Fight Club, Panic Room and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, which he received an Oscar nod for, he is also taking the reins for next year’s much-hyped The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, starring Rooney Mara, who plays Zuckerberg’s ex-girlfriend. He could very possibly win Best Director on back-to-back projects, a feat I believe accomplished only three times, the last being in 1946. And no, Clint Eastwood was only in high school then.

Jesse Eisenberg could be recognized for Best Actor, and TSN is campaigning for (who knew they do that?) three Best Supporting Actor nods (Andrew Garfield, Justin Timberlake and Armie Hammer), most heavily for Garfield, who plays Zuckerberg’s best friend, Eduardo Saverin. (Side note: I found Timberlake’s soft voice distracting, almost as if he was going to break out in song at anytime. I’m going to guess it’s just me.)

Zuckerberg, who took umbrage at the movie being made and calling the whole story fictitious, is really not seen in a bad light at all. Of course, I’m sure it was a little more glamorized than it really was, but it was a great movie that should be in the mix for Best Picture, a category which should be a lot better than last year. (A friend suggested Inglourious Basterds should have won last year over The Hurt Locker and Avatar, and I wouldn’t argue with him there.) If you thought TSN just has to compete with Inception (9.0 imdB rating, T-3 all-time) and Toy Story 3 (8.7, T-14), you’re dead wrong. Just a few more movies yet to come out this year include Hereafter (9.0) on 10/22 and the much-hyped Black Swan (8.8) on 12/1.

TSN stands at 8.0, tied for 181st.

You’re on Facebook everyday, go watch how the youngest billionaire in the world got it started.

Rating: 5 stars out of 5




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  2. “Social Network” was a top to bottom effort. But it starts with Sorkin’s screenplay. Everything about it is amazing: the structure (the narrative interspersed with the legal depositions), the depth, the razor sharp dialogue that didn’t care about viewers too dumb to keep up, and most of all, Zuckerberg’s character. Jesse Eisenberg is out of his mind, mixing vulnerable, conniving, jealous and sympathetic, all in a stoic face and rapid-fire speech. Dude is no longer a one-dimensional actor; he’s left the Michael Cera-zone.

    There’s just so many ways to watch this movie. A tale of revenge. A tale of betrayal. A parable. A study of genius. A portrait of ever-changing technology and how an ever-changing society uses it. The paradox of a socially inept, uncool nerd creating the coolest online social network today.

    It’s gonna do well at the Oscars.

    Comment by Chris Le — October 5, 2010 @ 1:23 pm | Reply

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