The Social Network
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David Fincher’s The Social Network is the stunning tale of a new breed of cultural insurgent: a punk genius who sparked a revolution and changed the face of human interaction for a generation, and perhaps forever. Shot through with emotional brutality and unexpected humor, this superbly crafted film chronicles the formation of Facebook and the battles over ownership that followed upon the website’s unfathomable success. With a complex, incisive screenplay by Aaron Sorkin and a brilliant cast including Jesse Eisenberg, Andrew Garfield and Justin Timberlake, The Social Network bears witness to the birth of an idea that rewove the fabric of society even as it unraveled the friendship of its creators.
They all laughed at college nerd Mark Zuckerberg, whose idea for a social-networking site made him a billionaire. And they all laughed at the idea of a Facebook movie--except writer Aaron Sorkin and director David Fincher, merely two of the more extravagantly talented filmmakers around. Sorkin and Fincher's breathless picture, The Social Network, is a fast and witty creation myth about how Facebook grew from Zuckerberg's insecure geek-at-Harvard days into a phenomenon with 500 million users. Sorkin frames the movie around two lawsuits aimed at the lofty but brilliant Zuckerberg (deftly played by Adventureland's Jesse Eisenberg): a claim that he stole the idea from Ivy League classmates, and a suit by his original, now slighted, business partner (Andrew Garfield). The movie follows a familiar rise-and-fall pattern, with temptation in the form of a sunny California Beelzebub (an expert Justin Timberlake as former Napster founder Sean Parker) and an increasingly tangled legal mess. Emphasizing the legal morass gives Sorkin and Fincher a chance to explore how unsocial this social-networking business can be, although the irony seems a little facile. More damagingly, the film steers away from the prickly figure of Zuckerberg in the latter stages--and yet Zuckerberg presents the most intriguing personality in the movie, even if the movie takes pains to make us understand his shortcomings. Fincher's command of pacing and his eye for the clean spaces of Aughts-era America are bracing, and he can't resist the technical trickery involved in turning actor Armie Hammer into privileged Harvard twins (Hammer is letter-perfect). Even with its flaws, The Social Network is a galloping piece of entertainment, a smart ride with smart people… who sometimes do dumb things. --Robert Horton
Audio Commentary with Writer Aaron Sorkin & The Cast
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Other than that, it's a solid blu ray
It became apparent that Mark Zuckerberg, the brilliant developer of Facebook, might have Asperger's Syndrome. Brilliance and a remarkable lack of social skills. We are introduced to him when he is in the midst of a discussion with a girl he really likes and she finally gets up and leaves and calls him an 'a**hole'. There you have it, he had no idea he had upset her so, and went on to cause her more anger. Jesse Eisenberg is perfect in the role of Mark Zuckerberg. Off in his own world, but able to snap back in an instant. His story is told in a back and forth between a court disposition and the real world. Eduardo, played by Andrew Garfield, one of Mark's Harvard friends becomes the CFO of this new fledgling site called 'The Facebook'. Along the way there is some confusion surrounding the Winklevoss brothers, Cameron and Tyler both played by Armie Hammer. They are rich kids who believe Zuckerberg stole their "Harvard Connection" in making Facebook. Of all of the people in this story the Winklevoss brothers come across as real 'a**holes'. Along the way, once Facebook become known we are introduced to entrepreneur, Sean Parker, played by Justin Timberlake. He is one of those men you would like to throw a pie in his face, manipulative, jealous and smirky. Zuckerberg may have had the insight to develop Facebook, but he could not do it alone, and along the way he gets lost at times. He is not interested in money nor the lifestyle of drugs and rock and roll. The dialogue is wonderful, you find yourself rooting for Zuckerberg. A man of great intellect, but little insight into himself and the outside world.
This is a wonderfully made film, and I found myself so wrapped up in it. The two hours went by very quickly. Great performances and a film well worth an Academy Award.
Highly Recommended. prisrob 02-02-11
Saturday Night Live the Best of '06/'07 (Widescreen)
I do have friends, however, who watched maybe 5 or 10 minutes of it and decided they didn't like it, or it just wasn't their type of movie. So I suppose if dialog-heavy, symbolism-heavy, thought-heavy movies aren't your thing, you should probably stick to what you know you'll like. I know that sounds pretty condescending, but I will admit that not every movie is for everyone.
If you're willing to watch a movie and think about why people do what they do and how differing viewpoints can change the meaning of an event (though that theme is a bit more subtle), then if you haven't already give this movie a watch and prepare to not only be entertained, but to be enlightened.
Unfortunately the disk case is a cardboard nightmare of flaps and sleeves that make retrieving the DVD a frustrating experience. If you're only interested in the movie itself and not the second disk or collectors edition notoriety, go to your local Big Lots, last time I was there they had this movie in a standard plastic keep case for $2.50!