“The Social Network” Review

October 4, 2010 § Leave a comment

It’s only been in theaters for a weekend, but David Fincher’s “Facebook Film” has already been saddled with the impossibly lofty adjective of “generation-defining”.  While I’m not so sure that a movie about the success story of the world’s youngest billionaire is relatable enough to be considered generation-defining in the way that, say, The Breakfast Club was, that doesn’t make The Social Network any less of a brilliant piece of filmmaking.  And it truly is brilliant, possibly one of the year’s very best films; Aaron Sorkin’s crackling script delivers some of the best and most instantly-quotable lines of dialogue of any film released in the past decade (“every creation myth needs a devil”), and the young cast is uniformly stellar.  Jesse Eisenberg finally carries a major league film, and absolutely kills.  His Mark Zuckerberg is perfectly cold, socially awkward, and ambitious, but still strangely magnetic.  You can’t take your eyes off of him, which any actor lesser than Eisenberg wouldn’t have been able to pull off.  Andrew Garfield and Justin Timberlake are also top-notch here (and likely on their way to Oscar nominations, along with Eisenberg), as are Armie Hammer, Rooney Mara, and Brenda Song, finally breaking away from Disney Channel in spectacular fashion.

The film does raise a lot of timely questions about the role of technology, the concept of intellectual theft, and privacy in our increasingly digitalized world (due in no small part to Zuckerberg’s work), though at it’s heart it’s really a story about friendship, ambition, and the need to be liked/loved/included.  Now who can’t relate to that?  A

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