Saturday, October 2, 2010
The Social Network
In the fall of 2003, Harvard undergrad Mark Zukerberg (Jesse Eisenberg) comes up with an idea for a new form of communication, now known as Facebook. It's a success after only a few years, but grievances between co-founder Eduardo Saverin (Andrew Garfield) and Napster founder Sean Parker (Justin Timberlake), and between himself and Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss (Armie Hammer) lead to numerous complications.
Eisenberg and Garfield continue to show great promise for their careers. I found it ironic that Timberlake was cast as the founder of Napster, but he pulled it off. Hammer is also equally impressive in a dual role. Aaron Sorkin's writing is wickedly funny and sharp (pay attention to the scene where Eduardo is accused of animal cruelty). The only other movies by Fincher I've seen are Se7en and Zodiac, so it was almost a relief that I didn't get scared. Trent Reznor's score managed to fit the mood. It wouldn't be too much of a stretch to say that The Social Network will be mentioned a lot come awards season.
My Rating: *****