Sunday, 10 October 2010

The Social Network: My Thoughts

So I just got out of the screening of The Social Network, David Fincher’s latest endeavours and rather then doing a review I will just put down my thoughts about the movie and let people decide whether they want to see it or not.

To begin with the movie is going to have a hard time selling it self and will forever be known as ‘The Facebook Movie’. What people don’t actually realise is that it isn’t about someone carelessly clicking Like on their friends latest Facebook comment but rather about the legal battles Mark Zuckerberg went through in the past decade. With the West Wing’s script writer Aaron Sorkin with director David Fincher behind it The Social Network is exactly what Roger Ebert said:

“It [The Social Network] hurtles through two hours of spellbinding dialogue. It makes an untellable story clear and fascinating. It is said to be impossible to make a movie about a writer, because how can you show him only writing? It must also be impossible to make a movie about a computer programmer, because what is programming but writing in a language few people in the audience know? Yet Fincher and his writer, Aaron Sorkin, are able to explain the Facebook phenomenon in terms we can immediately understand, which is the reason 500 million of us have signed up.”

The acting in it is excellent, Jesse Eisenberg has established himself and with this movie catalogue however he seems to completely embody Mark Zuckerberg as a character. Andrew Garfield has really grown from the Imaginarium of Dr Parnassus and only good things can come form the new Spiderman and then there is Justin Timberlake whose track record of movies haven’t been great until now. But even the minor characters grab the audience whilst making them laugh or emotional. Although it is too early for Oscar nods, I wouldn’t be surprised if one of these three is nominated and it would be rightly so.

I really enjoyed The Social Network. Only an hour ago did I emerge form the cinema but already I’m planning on a second visit. The quick dialog and snappy characters make the lengthy film time go flashing by. We are the Facebook generation, and this movie captures it’s creation in an captivatingly way.

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