The Social Network

The Social Network comes at a time when we seem to be peaking with tv shows and movies that celebrate assholes. This film would have to be the creme de la creme with 8 Oscar nominations, deservedly so. Even though this is somewhat of a highlight of asshole-ness at it’s apex, I can still appreciate it as a good movie. What makes this different from something like Jersey Shore is that the assholes on that show are stupid too, whereas the assholes in The Social Network are actually smart and interesting.

Unless you’ve lived under a rock recently, you’re probably one of the 500 million or so on Facebook. The Social Network’s storyline zeroes in on the genesis of Facebook. Hint: it’s not entirely Mark Zuckerberg’s idea. Actually, it wasn’t his idea at all, he just stole the idea, improved on it and put it out under his own moniker which we’ve come to know as Facebook.

The film traces the events that created the online phenomena with the script based largely on the depositions from the various lawsuits that took place. Aaron Sorkin, the mastermind behind The West Wing and A Few Good Men, adapted the screenplay from Ben Mezrich’s book. Between the both of those sources, the story is engaging and the dialog is whip smart.

The acting is top notch too with all the actors bringing their A game. The standout for me is definitely Jesse Eisenberg. Up til now, I haven’t seen much where he wasn’t playing a role that Michael Cera would play about the same. This role however takes his performance skills up a notch. He’s shrewd, intense, and delivers a razor-sharp delivery. While his character is an uber-nerd, his persona and delivery are something beyond the roles he’s often associated with. Besides his uncertainty related to his social skills, his confidence in certain areas (like computers) is palatable.

David Fincher is on the director’s chair. Some of his work includes: Se7en, The Game, Panic Room, and more. I’ve never seen a bad David Fincher movie, and this one is certainly not on that list either. His visual style has some dark, rich overtones with some subtle technical brilliance (the Winklevoss twins are played seemlessly by just one actor – Armie Hammer).

Look for some exceptional performances from Andrew Garfield (the new Spiderman) and Justin Timberlake personifying Napster’s Sean Parker (another asshole by the way).

I “Like” The Social Network.

reviewed by Sean McKnight