The Social Network
October 15, 2010
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This film on paper sounds like a dream. You got David Fincher directing his first film since the astounding The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, The West Wing creator Aaron Sorkin penned the screenplay, and Nine Inch Nails wrote the score. But how is it executed?
The Social Network follows Mark Zuckerberg, creator of Facebook, as he goes from Harvard outsider to rock star. Based on the book The Accidental Billionaires, the book sees his assent from college to the legal action associated with his behavior. In many ways, this is the modern-day Citizen Kane. Where a small pion rises to notoriety and fame through a given medium. Facebook is Zuckerberg’s Chronicle, except here Zuckerberg isolates himself with his personality rather than his greed.
The cast excels at taking the sharp and witty dialogue to its natural expression. Jesse Eisenberg conveys a side of Zuckerberg that many have never seen and played with a depth that we’ve never seen before in Eisenberg. Andrew Garfield, Justin Timberlake, and the rest of the cast do a great job in rooting themselves and play it authentically. Though partly speculative and filmed without letting actors communicate with their real-life counterparts, parts of the film have been modified for story purposes. The strength of Fincher’s direction is that we don’t know what those moments are since it is so cohesive.
The score, though borrows a few tracks from Nine Inch Nails’s Ghosts albums, the score is original. The sound and texture of NIN’s music adds a layer of tension and cool to the scenes, while being almost black noise. When the Academy Awards coming inevitably calling this winter, expect The Social Network to get some serious attention. A great film, in my top five of the year. 4 out of 5 stars