Review: “The Social Network”
One of the best films of the year. Hands down genius.
Simply put This is one of the best films of the year from script, to acting, to pure entertainment value. It’s amazing how the story just comes alive off the screen and how easy it transfers to the audience. Not only does it play towards a generic crowd, but it’s themes and focus are so razor sharp that any film buff would be insane to miss this film. Don’t read my review. GO SEE THIS MOVIE!
Let’s get this straight, this film is not a comedy, nor is it purely a drama. This film is not even about Facebook. This is a story about the start of Facebook, a social phenomenon, started ironically by the most unsocial person imaginable, Mark Zuckerberg. What helps drive the film is the conflict between Zuckerberg (Jesse Eisenberg) and literally every other character in the film. This teenage and youthful angst that really drives the point home. If you imagine this film with older actors and the same basic themes, the drive and stubbornness would not seem as apparent nor as important and come off as pretentious. This fine line was drawn by the director, David Finch, as well as it’s remarkable cast. Andrew Garfield, an actor that is not only about to play Spiderman but is consistently impressing audiences and critics with his performances in “Dr Parnassus” and “Never Let Me Go”. He is Brilliant to watch because of the just plain raw talent that pours out of him on screen.
Justin Timberlake, known less for a serious role and more for light warmhearted appearances is the biggest egotistical asshole in The Social Network. Along with that is Jesse Eisenberg, an actor commonly mistaken with another young awkward twenty-something, defends Zuckerberg throughout the film. His relentless and quick wit helps pile on more conflict to the story, and ultimately that is what people are interested in watching. Aaron Sorkin knows this well from writing the 166 page screenplay that turned into a two hour masterpiece. Sorkin known for “A Few Good Men,” “The West Wing,” (which Mark Zuckerberg took off of his Facebook profile as one of his favorite shows after he found out Sorkin wrote the Social Network.) and “Sports Night.” Talking to Jesse Eisenberg we found out that Sorkin is really good at pleasing both audiences, directors, and studio executives. The emotion of the film is written on the page in a way that actors don’t get upset with him for being overly controlling, and the studio loves it.
The story in Social Network, which will forever be known as “the facebook movie” is ultimately boy wants girl, boy creates Facebook to prove his worth, boy is rich. That journey is full of drama, love, and sex; a perfect combination for any film. Ultimately I find myself having trouble finding things I dislike about the film from the cast to the directing style to the beautiful digital cinematography, all parts of this film are captivating from start to finish. This is a film that is so entertaining that it feels as if it won’t win an Oscar; however it is crafted so meticulously well that I will be surprised if it doesn’t get mentioned for at least something (best screenplay anyone?). The young cast may keep it from being in the running for larger prizes, but ultimately that is what brings out this movie’s themes to the audience. Without them, this film would be feel like a bland episode of “Sports Night.” I beg you all to go see this film because it will reassure Hollywood that we are still looking for original intriguing content and not sequel after sequel.
Check out our interviews with Jesse, Armie, and Sorkin below, and come back soon for our uncut interview revealing spoilers left and right…. and center.