The Social Network Thoughts
Who would have thought a movie about Facebook could possibly turn out good? Ever since the project was announced, it raised brows and especially after when famous talents started getting involved like David Fincher and Aaron Sorkin but soon after Justin Timberlake was casted and some were wondering if Fincher lost his mind. The answer to that no he wasn’t. Ever since Fincher was announced to helm the project, I’ve been behind it, interesting in seeing what Fincher would make it a good film. He didn’t, he made a great film.
You really had a powerful crew backing the film here. Fincher with his amazing taste for detail and visuals was directing. Aaron Sorkin known for his witty dialogue was writing the script, Fincher was reuniting once again with Fight Club cinematographer, Jeff Cronenweth and you had Trent Reznor of Nine Inch Nails doing the soundtrack. That’s a pretty dynamic crew if you ask me. Then you had a cast of unknowns or actors not known for their acting talent who really shined here. Timberlake shows he can act, Garfield is showing he’s got acting chops and Eisenberg showed he’s more than the awkward comedy guy and is no longer the poor man’s Michael Cera as he was dubbed.
When I first caught a viewing of this film, I enjoyed it to the very beginning till the end. It was just a fantastic story being told. The film managed to make me feel nostalgic about the days when it was just beginning and I remember I made mine as soon as they opened up to high schools. It was a really fascinating creation and this movie makes you realize that, even though its a popular phenomenon but the story about everyone involved were all fascinating characters especially Zuckerberg who’s a driven person even though he is shown in some cynical light here.
Aaron Sorkin managed to take this controversial story and told it in a very nice manner. The first 5 minutes showcase that this film is going to be full of wonderful dialogue all provided by Sorkin’s witty talent. Sorkin’s script refuses to go down cliches, it gives its characters life, it develops its characters and refuses to write unrealistic cringe worth dialogue but alas it’s all a script at the end of the day and having a dialogue driven movie be interesting is really tough. That is where Fincher comes in.
Fincher is known for taking scripts and improving them. Fincher’s relentless pursuit of being a perfectionist comes into great play here. The cast hadn’t really done anything special before but Fincher makes sure he can craft the best performances out of his actors here and he even helps manage Justin Timberlake act. Fincher was reported to doing many takes on several scenes, I can’t recall the number but it’s a lot I can you tell that for sure but it’s nothing new in the Fincher realm. Fincher here doesn’t waste time on putting useless scenes, he makes sure the film has a very smooth flow, rather than having straightforward scenes, we cut back from the past and present many times and Fincher ensures these cuts are done at the right times. Fincher manages to combine two different into one scene and manages to tell a story there without leaving the viewer confused or befuddled. He makes sure the audience is with the story, that the audience knows what is going on in the lawsuit but as well as the events that led up to that.
Fincher works very hard here with Cronenweth to capture perfect shots, some scenes in this movie just stick with you, the beginning where Zuckerberg is running through the campus of Harvard, or especially the scenes of the rowers rowing in the river. It’s just a beautiful site and Fincher’s establishment of setting really came into play, we didn’t need labels on the film we get a beautiful shot of the city where are in moving fast and we are here at a new location. Really fascinating stuff, as I was watching the feature of the making of the music in the film, it featured scenes in the movie without dialogue just music and it was really fascinating stuff to look at and Fincher’s trademark shots of zooming in are used here. It’s hard to explain but Fincher fans should know what I’m talking about.
Even though Fincher, Sorkin and Cronenweth had great contributions for the movie, without good music, the feeling of a movie is gone. Music can sometimes kill a movie or make a movie, in this instance Trent Reznor created something original and unique that reeked of his own sound. Reznor stated that the rough cut he saw of the film made the film seem totally different, it seemed like just a regular movie about college kids but when Fincher told him his intentions, Reznor made a dark score to accompany the film, which makes the film seem darker than it is. It establishes mood and the piece “The Gentle Hum of the Anxiety” towards the end of the movie is one of the better musical pieces I’ve heard all year.
Fincher manages to create such a wonderful film here. Many critics have praised the movie and I might be overpraising it a bit, but from somebody who loves films and filmmaking in general, this is a delight. The film doesn’t’ come off as a typical movie, it comes off as an involving piece of art. The film follows a strong structure that really reminds me of the Godfather. Not that I’m comparing it to the Godfather, it follows a similar type of structure which is why Godfather is considered one of the better pieces in cinema. It’s fantastic structure. The movie also gives us beautiful visuals to admire and excellent music to enjoy so we are not bored with the film. Usually I’m a person who likes some type of action but I didn’t see myself with this film even though it’s all dialogue, I was involved with this tragic, dark, humorous story.
Would I Recommend this Film?
Yes I would recommend it without a doubt. Even if you don’t have a facebook or don’t even know what facebook it is. The film isn’t about facebook, facebook is an idea in the film, any idea could have been used, the film doesn’t adher to exactly what happened and is a bit exaggerated but the film talks about things being exaggerated too, maybe a subtle hint on why films based on true stories can be exaggerated at times. It is not Fincher’s best but it is definitely another great piece of work he can add to his impressive filmography. The film benefits highly from various points, the only problem I can see with it is, the length but that shouldn’t be a problem because if you set time aside for a movie you better be prepared to take a couple of hours of your time. Why would you be watching a movie if you had something important to do? But like I said you don’t have to care about facebook, it’s a wonderful story told here, that never tries to be boring and in the weak year of 2010, this is a film that will end up being considered the memorable films of this decade. So if you like good movies in general, definitely check it out. 8/10