Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Oscar Movie Review: "The Social Network" (2010)

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Movie"The Social Network"
Year Nominated: 2011
Director: David Fincher
Rating: PG-13
Running Time: 2 hours, 0 minutes
Did It Win?: No.

The story behind the making of the website Facebook and a look at Mark Zuckerberg's (Jesse Eisenberg) legal battles resulting from the success of his creation.

"The Social Network" is directed by David Fincher, who has directed other magnificent films such as "Fight Club," "Seven," and "Gone Girl." It is written by Aaron Sorkin, based on the book "The Accidental Billionaires" by Ben Mezrich. The film tells the story of Facebook creator Mark Zuckerberg, played by Jesse Eisenberg, from his development of the famous website through his eventual legal battles with Facebook co-founder Eduardo Saverin, played by Andrew Garfield, as well as a separate lawsuit with the Winklevoss twins, both played by Armie Hammer, and Divya Narendra, played by Max Minghella.

"The Social Network" is a gripping biographical drama that dabbles in the notion of security, friendship, and narcissism. Jesse Eisenberg does a fantastic job as Mark Zuckerberg, who doesn't always come off in the best light. Zuckerberg often seems like an asshole, but is also extremely insecure about himself. He seems to want friends, but does a bang-up job pushing people away. This winds up being the perfect role for an actor like Eisenberg, who often seems to have those same insecurities (or at least has discussed them at length on talk shows). These self-doubts are a little unwarranted as he received an best actor Oscar nomination for his portrayal. Andrew Garfield also offers an excellent performance as Zuckerberg's former partner Eduardo Saverin, who is eventually forced out of the company. Garfield gets to perform a really emotional scene towards the end of the film, and had we known better, we would have been able to see then what we see now: that Garfield is one of the best young actors out there right now and is capable of many sensational things. It helps this film that Aaron Sorkin writes such sharp and punchy dialogue. It's hard not to look great delivering his stellar lines of conversation. Sorkin was recognized by the Academy, winning an Oscar for best adapted screenplay, and deservedly so. Overall, "The Social Network" received eight Oscar nominations and took home three, one of which was for Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross's tremendous and dynamic score, which really ties the film together and makes it unique.

"The Social Network" is a film that keeps us completely engrossed throughout its run time. It is also pretty fast paced despite being about business, computers, and legal battles. There is never a moment that feels unnecessary or loses our attention. It's thrilling in all the right places, extremely well crafted, expertly written, and brilliantly acted.


My Rating: 9/10
BigJ's Rating: 9/10
IMDB's Rating: 7.7/10
Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 96%
Do we recommend this movie: ABSOLUTELY YES!!!
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Last Oscar season, we were watching: "The French Connection"

Two Oscar seasons ago, we were watching: "Sunset Blvd."

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