Posted on 10/03/10 07:08 PM
?This is a movie about Facebook?
I hate it when people say that. To say ?The Social Network? is a movie about Facebook is like saying ?Citizen Kane? is a movie about newspapers. This movie is a great character study, with fantastic performances and great direction.
Jesse Eisenberg was shockingly great as Mark Zuckerberg. The only other work of his I?ve seen is ?Zombieland?, and based off of that, I never would have thought he could pull this performance off. Zuckerburg is a character that could have easily come off as whiny and nonthreatening. But Eisenberg carries himself with a very commanding presence that adds something to his character. You can believe that he got himself into the position he?s in. Andrew Garfield and Justin Timberlake were also great. Andrew played probably the most normal of all the characters, and he reacted very well to everything going on around him. And Timberlake was just plain awesome, nuff said.
Aaron Sorkin screenplay was probably the best thing about this film. First, the dialogue was great, very realistic, very memorable. As I already said, the characters were great. Mark Zuckerberg is one of the most interesting character?s to have been written in years. I also think telling the story in a non-chronological way added to the experience.
David Fincher?s direction was also great. This is a hard movie to direct, as it mostly consists of just people talking, and not much else. But he made it really interesting, through great cinematography, and unique and immersive shots. This is probably my favorite films of his, though I?ve only seen ?Fight Club? and ?Seven?.
Some complaints. For one thing, the score was really odd. It?s not that it was bad, but it seemed out of place, almost to exciting for the scene?s going on. Also, like most bio-pics, the ending seemed rather abrupt, leaving you a little bit unfulfilled.
There is a lot of talk about this being the front runner for the Best Picture Oscar. While I feel that ?Inception? is still the best film of the year, I wouldn?t mind seeing this take the Oscar. This is a fantastic film, I highly recommend it.
Final Score: 9.75 out of 10