Monday, October 11, 2010

Movie Review: The Social Network

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New David Fincher film, The Social Network. Go see it. Really, what else needs to be said?

That's how I convinced myself to actually see Facebook's two hour+ origin saga in theaters. I honestly had zero interest in the subject. As far as I was concerned Facebook was just the new Myspace, which defeated Friendster and LiveJournal before them, another here today gone tomorrow site, meant for trolling, spying, drunk girl pics...and keeping in touch with people you don't care enough to talk with IRL.

So David Fincher, the dude who warped my fragile eleven year old mind after watching Seven on loop all day (thanks to the wonders of 90's illegal pay-per-view/black box piracy), whose Fight Club served as The New Testament for the frustrated teenage geeks of my generation and whose Zodiac so drastically engrossed every fiber of my being I forgot to study for a big final exam and...well yeah; his newest project was about facebook. Was I excited? NO. Will I force myself to watch anything David Fincher directs? YES.

Low and behold, the movie is amazing. From the opening scene on, which highlights Aaron Sorkin's brilliant, rapid fire dialogue, I was hooked. With movies like this, based on factual real life occurrences, the plot is almost irrelevant in some respects. We all know the Titanic will sink in the end. Mark Zuckerberg  is the genius/asshole who created facebook and got filthy rich doing it. No surprises here folks. It's Fincher's cinematic craftiness that shrines through however and makes The Social Network one of the most gripping films of the year. No nudity, no guns, no violence, just great performances (amazing casting as far as I'm concerned, and Arnie Hammer steals the show playing BOTH Winklevoss twins), Trent Reznor's haunting musical score and superb storytelling. Kudos to Fincher, Sorkin and everyone involved with this film for breathing such life into what could have been (and I assumed to be) a boring ass movie about the origins of Facebook. Instead we get a poignant tale of loneliness, alienation, and the ills of modern high tech society. Stuff all us John Doe & Tyler Durden disciples dig you know?



Is this my favorite David Fincher flick? No way. Is it my favorite film of the year. Definitely not. Is it a damn good movie worth seeing. YES.

20 comments:

  1. awesome review, i think persuaded me to see this sucker; still have yet to see it and all.

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  2. I'm still not sure if I want to see this movie

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  3. I just can't see how this can be really interesting, but it has gotten good reviews across the board, I'm gonna have to go see this

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  4. I can't wait to watch it! I love the line "you don't make 500 million friends without making some enemies"!

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  5. i had the same opinions as you did in the beginning, and it could have been shit like alot of other movies coming out. but this was a good movie, and it didnt need guns, or explosions, or anything. it was as great story and great acting.
    GO SEE IT

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  6. you always get enemies. ALWAYS.

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  7. i don't realy care to see it. good for you that you liked it.

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  8. what can i say...
    haters gona hatea

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  9. i actually seen this movie on the weekend. pretty good imo.

    also, niggaz on the left, brag shit ta death!!!!

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  10. this is relevant to just what I was thinking about

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  11. My girlfriend wanted to see this, I guess we just may do so. I hate all the facebook bullshit these days, and I don't give a damn about the origin of it or anything related to it. I'm also tired of seeing and hearing Jesse Eisenberg. But, I love Fincher. That along with this review is telling me it's ok to see it. Thank you.

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  12. Hear it was okay, might have to check it out!

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  13. whoa, your blog's got a good amount of followers!

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  14. very good review! thanks for visiting my blogs friend

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  15. like the others.. i didnt think it would be good. apparently i was wrong since it's still #1 in the box office.

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  16. love the review, thanks for visiting my blogs!!

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  17. I refuse to see it base solely on knowing that Mark is profiting off of it.

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