The Social Network (2-Disc Collector’s Edition) [DVD] [2011]

newThey 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

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3 Responses to The Social Network (2-Disc Collector’s Edition) [DVD] [2011]

  1. Sarcosuchus says:

    “Like” Button Like many people, I was actively resistant to the idea of watching a movie telling the story of Facebook. Smarmy frat-house brats high-fiving as they hunch around a computer screen with a few “brewskis” – becoming billionaires en route – sounded like a recipe for the most teeth-grindingly awful movie ever: Porky’s for Dorks, if you will. I went reluctantly.Thank God I did though. I should have had more faith in David Fincher – he’s a smart enough film maker to realise that this…

  2. BrownPolar says:

    BrownPolar Verdict Millions love being on the Facebook, but would as many be interested enough in the story of its creation and in the genius behind it to while away two hours in the cinema, despite all the orchestrated hype that Hollywood marketing machine generates for any film these days?The answer would be a resounding no from many, particularly from the older generations, but they would be rewardingly surprised how exquisitely crafted, engaging, entertaining and intellectually satisfying…

  3. tallmanbaby says:

    top script, but a tad too long This film has an uphill struggle against all the hype that surrounds it, with David Fincher and Aaron Sorkin on board this should be the Citizen Kane of our generation. Furthermore nearly three hours of cinema about unlikeable characters building an internet business would be a tough sell at the best of times.The actual films is somewhere between the hype and one’s worst expectations. Until about half way it is worthy and impressive, but frankly a little dull, around the point that…

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