Sound Off: David Fincher's The Social Network - Your Thoughts?
by Alex Billington
October 1, 2010
Now that you've seen it, what did you think? Even though the famous social networking website was only founded in 2004, the unofficial "Facebook Movie" has arrived in theaters today, and it's actually a very strong contender for Best Picture. David Fincher directs this social drama from a script by Aaron Sorkin titled The Social Network, with Jesse Eisenberg starring as Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg. Is it really the movie of the decade like some critics are saying? How does Eisenberg do in the pivotal lead role? If you've seen it, leave us a comment and let us know your thoughts on David Fincher's The Social Network.
To fuel the fire, The Social Network is indeed an incredible film, with fantastic performances from the cast all-around (especially Andrew Garfield and even Justin Timberlake), a brilliant script by Aaron Sorkin (which I believe will win the Oscar), and Fincher's typically beautiful direction, but even after seeing it a few times, I still can't call it my favorite film of the year. It's great, but it's not that amazing (e.g. Fight Club) and I'm not sure why I haven't been able to fall head over heels for this as much as other critics. That said, I can talk about the film hours, it touches upon so many fascinating and very thought-provoking topics, from this generation to the relationships we have and how technology has changed the lives of everyone in many ways.
One thought I do want to talk about briefly is how this is one of the first movies to pave the way in terms of being accurate with the "lingo" used with computers today, yet is still taken seriously. There's a scene or two where they actually mention things like Apache and MySQL (which are real software platforms that even we use on this site) plus all of the algorithms and hacking techniques used in the beginning are completely real. This is just one of the many ideas that The Social Network tackles without so much as flinching and it's that brilliance, that familiarity with our generation and modern society, that makes it such an extraordinary film.
What did you think of The Social Network? One of the best movies of the decade or just okay?