Saturday, October 2, 2010

The Social Network

I gotta admit, David Fincher sure knows how to direct a good movie. Whether it's scaring the hell out of you (Se7en), bringing back a piece of the past (Zodiac) or giving us a shot of testosterone (Fight Club), he knows how to get audiences.

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: *****


  1. I'll look out for that scene, I'm seeing it tonight!

    Great review as always.

  2. the cast was great and the dialog was very punchy; i liked it. i think andrew garfield deserves a BIG shout out (only because eisenberg goes without saying). garfield was a standout to me. david fincher does it again.

  3. They are going for the Oscar... one of the most interesting young casts directed by one of the best directors :)

  4. Totally blown away by the fact, that a film about Facebook directed by David Fincher, can be a big-time Oscar contender. Loved it almost from start to finish, hope it gets awards come Oscar time. Nice post, check out my review when you can!

  5. Best film of the year...Fincer, Sorkin, Eisenberg and Garfield deserve Oscar nods. What I loved about the filom was how it was current. It was written, directed and acted out beautifully. What a masterpiece!


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