Posted on 10/05/10 08:57 AM
I did an article at the beginning of September about the five films that I was anticipating the most this fall. The Social Network was not on there. When I was asked why I didn't have it on there, I said that it looked like a quick way to make money off of the facebook craze. I couldn't have been more wrong. Instead, what I saw last night was a thoughtful look at a complex person and the tragic side of the meteoric rise of Mark Zuckerberg and Facebook.
David Fincher has another incredible directorial success with The Social Network, keeping the audience entertained through what could have been just two hours of drawn out dialogue by ensuring that the appropriate amount of humor and wit maintained a perfect pace. Obviously, without a strong script from Aaron Sorkin this film would have fallen apart and probably wouldn't have attracted Fincher's interest; and Sorkin's script really was fantastic.
In my opinion, this was Eisenberg's best role yet. He usually plays a mumbling and understated loser who is too weak to stand up for himself, and while there are elements of that in this role, he adds a biting tongue and a pompous air that he hadn't had before. What made his performance amazing was his ability to create minor ways to make the viewer feel sorry for him when he realizes he has done something bad, but can't figure out the appropriate way to make up for it and gets confused at why people can't understand his misguided attempts at apology.
I thought Justin Timberlake might be a hindrance on the film, but he didn't overdo his role and he played the part Sean Parker really well. Armie Hammer, who played both Winkelvoss twins (sort of) stole some scenes as well. Josh Pence played Tyler Winkelvoss, but Hammer's face was superimposed over his in post-production, which was really incredible because if I hadn't known, I wouldn't have notice at all. Andrew Garfield also did a decent job playing Zuckerberg's "just-happy- to-be-involved-but-am-very-naive" best friend.
While this was definitely a great film, one of the best of the year, I have trouble seeing it winning a Best Picture award, but it will certainly be nominated at least. I predict that it will win an award for Best Adapated Screenplay for Aaron Sorkin, and while Fincher will probably at least receive a directorial nomination, he will most likely have to wait again to be recognized by the Academy as one of the greatest directorial minds in the business today. I just hope that when he wins, it is for a film that truly encompasses his genius and that it is not just a bone the Academy throws him, like they did with Martin Scorcese.