Hype be damned, this is about as great an American mainstream movie that I can remember seeing for a few years. That it chronicles a guy and his creation which is so pervasive that it would have been on the cover of every third magazine without the movie is that much more impressive. It could so easily have become a relic, b/c when we all do jump ship from Facebook, there’d still be this entertaining movie. It could have come out when we’re on the next thing. It wouldn’t matter how good a movie about Napster is, if it was released in 2010. Or even in 2003. Fossil. Instead, we have a movie set in 2003 that might feels like it’s set right this very second.
I’m failing to come up with proper analogies. All the President’s Men perhaps? That was a four year gap between events and the movie. Social Network has a longer gap between the depicted events and today than President’s Men, but the important difference is this time the movie is out, and Nixon is still in the White House.
Well, I relished every minute of this. Previously, I could take or leave Eisenberg, and the only thing I’ve seen Timberlake in is an SNL sketch. Fincher and Sorkin though – they will always get the benefit of the doubt, to the point that I actually watched all of Charlie Wilson’s War – even scenes with Julia Roberts.
The breakneck dialogue, the multiple lawsuits, the insults…
I think if your clients want to sit on my shoulders and call themselves tall, they have the right to give it a try – but there’s no requirement that I enjoy sitting here listening to people lie. You have part of my attention – you have the minimum amount. The rest of my attention is back at the offices of Facebook, where my colleagues and I are doing things that no one in this room, including and especially your clients, are intellectually or creatively capable of doing.
Did I adequately answer your condescending question?
…and the very excellent score form Reznor and Ross. Andrew Garfield. The Winklevoss twins. Fincher’s trademark green-grey glow. I found no fault with this. It made me excited. It looked and sounded great. It moved. It satisfied. And it handled a character and a subject that a lesser director would have fumbled a dozen ways.