Z’s Review – The Social Network
Every once in awhile, there is a movie that comes along and perfectly captures the spirit of that particular generation. Wall Street was the 80’s, the Matrix was the 90’s and The Social Network belongs to this generation.
Now it is easy to dismiss this film as ‘the Facebook Movie’ which a lot of the Twitterati and other social media people have dubbed it. The sense from people is that it’s not worth seeing because who really cares about how Facebook started.
This could be the farthest thing from the truth.
This film is probably the most refreshing, poignant and fun piece of modern filmmaking that I have seen in a very, very long time. And I am not exaggerating at all.
Powered by my favourite screenwriter of all time, Aaron Sorkin, directed by David Fincher and music by Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross, The Social Network manages to create a perfect storm of talent working together to create a film that works on every level.
The film doesn’t come out for a few weeks, so this review won’t contain any spoilers. What I will do is address certain things that I have seen as being reasons that you would be held back in seeing this film. The bottom line is that if you were to see just one movie for the rest of the year, the Social Network needs to be that film.
If you go in thinking you know the story, you don’t. It is more than just a story about a few kids who started a site and went to fame and fortune. It is the perfect microscope on this generation’s FU attitude. We all know where it ends up. Almost all you reading this have at one point or still have a Facebook account. What turns out to be the most compelling part of this phenomenon that is now entrenched in the fabric of pop-culture, is the behind-the-scenes story of how it got to where it is.
The disclaimer I must post here is that I am a huge fan of Aaron Sorkin. The West Wing DVD’s are on constant playback here, I am a huge fan of the highly underrated Sports Night and the gone-to-soon Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip. So, my expectations with this script was probably higher than most. Let me tell you, this script delivers. It’s vintage Sorkin. The rhythmic movement that he achieves through words, his ability to set the tone, paint the picture and draw you in to the story and actually feel for the characters is unmatched. It literally grabs you within the first five minutes of the film, draws you in and does not let go until the final frame of the film. In my opinion, as talented as Fincher, Reznor and Ross are, this film was made by this Aaron Sorkin script.
It is very well shot, it is very well edited and the music is sublime. I would expect nothing less from this Dream Team. If I go into it anymore, I have a feeling I will ending up spoilering the film for you.
The Cast/The Justin Timberlake Factor
Some people think Timberlake is a good actor. I am not one of them. For me he will always be the dude ‘pretending’ not have sex with Britney Spears while fronting NSync. I start with this because it helps show just how painful it is to say what I am about to say. Justin Timberlake was perfectly cast in this film. There, I said it. Without giving away to much, he pulls it off, very well. Going up against Jesse Eisenberg, (who I like quite a bit and does a great job with Zuckerberg) and Andrew Garfield (who makes a great Eduardo and will make a fantastic Spiderman) is no easy feat. He definitely delivers. So, if that is the reason you don’t want to see it, you no longer need to worry. He is great in it.
There has already been Oscar talk about this film. I can see it. It is such a well-crafted film that it is definitely worthy of a bunch of noms and even some hardware.
Bottom line is this.
This movie is fantastic.
See it. You will not be disappointed.
Need more proof? Check out this commercial using Kanye’s Power that sealed the deal for me. Oh and the song could not have been a more perfect choice.