Quick Review and Thoughts On “The Social Network”

I have massed a many thoughts about the film, and I don’t really feel like arranging them into sentences and paragraphs. So I will just present this review in, yes you guessed it, point form.

– Brilliant Film. Director David Fincher is right in his element, that is, to keep it simple but not boring and not get in the way of a fantastic script.

– I’d also like to note that David Fincher has not made a bad film in his career (Alien 3 doesn’t count, because he only joined the production at a late stage). The only director whom I’d make the same claim about is Christopher Nolan. I Fincher’s best work before “The Social Network” is “Zodiac”, but his most popular film is undoubtedly “Fight Club”.

– With “The Social Network”, Jesse Eisenberg proves that he’s not a Michael Cera look-alike, wannabe, etc; he is much better than a one-genre actor and this film shows that he can portray complex real life characters with ease.

– A very effective score by Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross that conveys specific moods to every single scene.

– Looking back, the music used in the teaser trailer, a rendition of Radiohead’s “Creep” by a Belgian choir, Scala & Kolacny Brothers, is way too eerie and ominous, and stands in contrast to the film’s often light-hearted and comedic moments.

– Dramatizations aside, this was an inspiring film about the importance of entrepreneurship, and, along this line, the importance of an education system that can foster entrepreneurship. Brilliant minds can only flourish if the education environment provides them with a vacuum to think, not just do. If the co-founders of Facebook went to an academic institution in which all they had to do was straightforward homework after homework, Facebook would never have been invented.

– I have read various articles saying that Aaron Sorkin’s script is highly dramatized. I have no problem with that. It’s a movie, not a documentary. We should judge Mr. Sorkin’s script for what it is, a script for a movie, not for its historical accuracies.

– So, with this in mind, Mr. Sorkin’s depictions of the characters in the film, based on depictions from Ben Mezrich’s book Accidental Billionaires, gave me a few questions to wonder about:
– Was Mark Zuckerberg that big of an a–hole? It is essentially factually true that he crushed the stock of his friend and co-founder Eduardo Saverin. Neither the film nor Mr. Zuckerberg himself (not to my knowledge, anyway) have explained this.
– Was Sean Parker that big of a super duper a–hole? I mean, if he wasn’t, wouldn’t he be offended by the film’s depiction of him as such?

– Overall, definitely one of the best films I’ve seen this year. I don’t think it is as mind-blowing in concept as “Inception”, but it is every bit as well-directed and acted.

Columbia Pictures presents “The Social Network”, Released in the United States On October 1, 2010.
Directed by David Fincher. Written by Aaron Sorkin
Stars Jesse Eisenberg, Andrew Garfield, Justin Timberlake, Rooney Mara

Author: dky1

A graduated (but still caffeinated) student. I write mostly politics and movie reviews in the Third Cup blog, and some fiction, short stories, and gaming journal on the Loner's Diaries blog.

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