November 20, 2010

The Social Network

I commonly use the phrase "I had high hopes for this movie", but I am not sure if I have ever had higher hopes for a film than The Social Network, directed by one of my favorite directors and screenwriters, David Fincher (Seven and Fight Club) and Aaron Sorkin (The West Wing and Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip). The hopes got even higher when it had 97% on RT. I was sort-of satisfied. In case you have been in a coma for a past few months, The Social Network is about Mark Zuckerberg, the creative genius behind Facebook, and what he had to do to get his website the biggest in the world. Mark Zuckerberg is played by Jesse Eisenberg who, don't get me wrong, is a great young actor, but is not really playing a character, but Jesse Eisenberg making a website. However, there are two phenomenal stand-out performances by Andrew Garfield, Mark's partner in the creation of Facebook, and Justin Timberlake as Napster creator Sean Parker. Aaron brings his razor sharp and speedy dialogue, as was expected, and truly captures how college students talk. The big disappointment of the movie for me was David Fincher, who of course directed the movie as best as he could, but it seemed to me that they repressed his creativity and innovative perspective. Overall, it was a great look at what it takes to get to the top, but it could have been a little better.
My Review: B+


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