When news of this film's development was released, everyone asked, "how would one make a movie about Facebook? Who's going to watch that?" Thing is, The Social Network
is not about Facebook. It's perhaps like saying Raiders of the Lost Ark
was about the Ark of the Convenant.
Director David Fincher is known for being able to spin engaging yarns that affect on a psychological level, pulling audiences along for the ride. This movie is no different. From the get-go, it's a kinetic, mile-a-minute experience, akin to watching a high-quality action film - only that there's not one explosion in The Social Network
. With a screenplay like Aaron Sorkin's, it doesn't need any at all.
"The Social Network" is slick and a complete filmgoing experience - it feels like a great amount of effort was put into every aspect of production. Jesse Eisenberg and Andrew Garfield carry the film ably, natch, and have immediately become hot commodities in Hollywood - the former nominated for a Best Actor Oscar (up against the likes of Colin Firth and Jeff Bridges), the latter the new Spider-Man
. Indeed, Garfield gave off a strong Peter Parker-type vibe, changing my early opinions about The Amazing Spider-Man (after seeing that costume).
Stylistically and aesthetically, the film is pretty much perfect, glamourous and sexy – fashioning itself as an exclusive inside look behind the scenes, giving us hoi polloi a peek at the world sex, drugs and money surrounding Facebook’s genesis. However, that’s the thing – it looks too pretty to feel like it’s based on a true story. Indeed, most of the film does feel like conjecture, but it doesn’t matter because it tells a good story. The Social Network
probably didn’t set out to be a documentary anyway.
Ultimately, the film is much like a modern-day retelling of Frankenstein
– a brilliant, misunderstood (possibly evil?) genius created a monster, a monster that escaped his control, granting him fame and fortune by way of invading the lives of 600 million people around the world – and for so effectively getting such a frightening reality to take strong roots in the minds of such a mass audience, The Social Network is exceedingly praiseworthy.
RATING: 4/5 STARS