The Social Network (2010): The long-awaited story on the origin of Mark Zuckerberg and Facebook.
I LOVE this movie. I think a good word to describe it is this: a materspiece. Honestly I would say this movie is one of the greatest of our young generation. David Fincher ...and Aaron Sorkin come together and mesh as well as peanut butter and chocolate. Sorkin's witty dialogue filled with metaphors and analogies goes together perfectly with Fincher's meticulous OCD-like attention to detail. The cast of up-and coming stars is perfect in this movie. Led by one of my personal favorite actor, Jesse Eissenburg (nominated for Best Actor and were it not for Colin Firth and his brilliance he wins it IMO) plays a young Mark Zuckerberg and really nails it with the persona of this man. But the real performance in this movie is Armie Hammer. He steals the show as the Winklevoss twins. He somehow brilliantly plays two characters with totally different emotions and personal agendas and pulls it off in STUNNING fashion. The technology required to pull this off is phenomenal as well. He, Andrew Garfield (as Eduardo Saverin) and Justin Timberlake (as Sean Parker) all put in spectacular performances. The pacing is perfect with the movie seamlessly blending in the litigation room scenes with the story. A very difficult feat to pull off for sure, and Fincher does it so perfectly I cannot envision this movie without those scenes. Additionally, the score (which won an Oscar for Best Original Score) is brilliant and fitting for this movie. The composers, Nine Inch Nails members Trent Raznor and Atticus Ross, create new and unique sounds that really set the tone for this movie. Hands Covers Bruise is one of my personal favorite movie themes.
Let's take a quick moment to talk about Armie Hammer shall we? People need to realize what the buzz in Hollywood is about this man. The roles he plays are so diverse. J. Edgar, Mirror Mirror, and even the bust that was The Lone Ranger...he was the best part of those movies, without a doubt. On top of that, he is an absolutely gorgeous individual. He is the male version of Anne Hathaway, but far less known. Les Mis needs to be made again so he can play Hathaway's character.
I cannot say enough positive things about this movie. If you haven't seen it yet and are reading this (on Facebook) immediately go to your nearest library and check it out. Or Red Box. Now! I will say one thing against the story. Very minor statement as you'll see by my score but you have to go into this expecting a STORY. This is not the scientifically accurate reenactment of how The Facebook came to be. It is really the story about two best friends and how the next big thing tore them apart. If you go into it expecting that, you will certainly not be disappointed. One of the best movies of our generation.
The Critique: A masterpiece. One of the best movies of the last 10 years. Flawless in every way.
The Recommendation: A must-watch for anyone, regardless of whether you use Facebook or not.
The Verdict: 10/10
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