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The Social Network (2010)
Screenplay by: Aaron Sorkin (based on the book The Accidental Millionaires by Ben Mezrich)
Directed by: David Fincher
Starring: Jesse Eisenberg, Andrew Garfield, Justin Timberlake, Armie Hammer, Rooney Mara, John Getz, Rashida Jones

*(See what I did with the subject line there?)

Synopsis: This is the story of Mark Zuckerberg, the Harvard undergrad and computer genius who created Facebook. The film traces the birth and early years of the social networking site and examines the personal and legal struggles of the youngest self-made billionaire in history.

Damn, when Aaron Sorkin gets it right, he really gets it right! Combine Sorkin's writing talent with the incomparable directorial skills of David Fincher (Fiiiiiiinch!) and you have arguably the best movie of 2010. It was timely, topical, intriguing, dramatic, funny, intelligent, and just plain cool. I had very few complaints.

Fun fact: After filming wraps, editors normally cut the film to make it shorter. However, the editors of The Social Network, Kirk Baxter and Angus Wall, actually made the movie longer by including shots without any dialogue. There was so much talking (Oh, Aaron!) that they thought the audience needed some breathing room.

The pacing and style of the dialogue was reminiscent of The West Wing, which, of course, made me immediately comfortable with the film. David Fincher even used several long, single-camera tracking shots similar to Tommy Schlamme's classic West Wing walk-and-talks. I loved the familiarity I felt while watching.

All these young actors are incredible. I was particularly impressed with Jesse Eisenberg, Andrew Garfield, and -- I can't believe I'm about to say this -- Justin Timberlake. JT's like...a legitimate actor now. He's actually very good as Sean Parker.

Another fun fact: Douglas Urbanski, the person who plays Harvard president Larry Summers, is Gary Oldman's manager (Doug's also a conservative radio talk show host, but I'm gonna try to overlook that little character flaw). His resemblance to the real Summers is uncanny.

I can't forget to mention the original score, which was nothing less than amazing. The music was composed by Trent Reznor (Yes, of Nine Inch Nails!) and Atticus Ross. It was modern and fit perfectly with the tone of the film. Reznor and Ross won both the Golden Globe and the Academy Award for Best Original Score, and they absolutely deserved those honors.

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marymary
Apr. 7th, 2011 05:33 pm (UTC)
Well I couldn't agree more with everything you say about the movie. I LOVE it. The first time I watched, I suddenly realized I was literally at the edge of my seat in anticipation. This is a movie largely about people being on computers and giving legal depositions. How did they do that? Amazing.

If you haven't listened to the commentary track on the DVD, it's well worth it.

I like the way you describe your experience re: Aaron. That's so true. And very interesting about the editing. That makes total sense to me.

I loved hearing Aaron (?) talking about the score. How, for example, the original script had upbeat music over Mark's long run from his date to his dorm room and how Trent Reznor's score created an entirely different mood and expectation for the audience. Brilliant. I was so happy when they won the Oscar.

And yes, the actors, OMG. I always have this feeling like I discovered Andrew Garfield; he was in The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus, which nobody saw. aunt_deen and I came out of the theater saying, "WHO was that kid?" I am so happy he's successful.

I can't say enough about Jesse Eisenberg -- in a way, such a minimal performance, yet conveys all the dysfuntion, brilliance and vulnerability you want from that character. I could feel how frustrating it must have been to be his friend (or his date, yeesh) AND see why you'd want to be his friend. He's so infuriated, yet...for example, in the deposition scenes, he's got this barely concealed disdain and you sort of side with him! I could feel why Mark was so irritated with the whole process. LOVE Jesse -- thank god they cast him.

And, gurl...you happen to be talking to a JT fan so I, for one, was not at all surprised he was great in this. (You need only watch him in one of his SNL appearances to see how good an actor he is.) After seeing it, I told someone how subtle and brilliant I thought that performance was, especially if you look at the Sean character's whole arc. Because, if you think about it, he's sort of playing a character playing Justin Timberlake. So he has to know what someone like him, IRL, is like from the outside. And play that. How hard would that be? And then to play the slow unshedding of the "rock star" skin to reveal the messed up guy underneath. I was so happy for him.

(Trivia: In an interview, someone asked what his biggest challenge was as an actor. He said, "Convincing people I'm not an asshole.")

There are some great interview videos with Eisenberg/Garfield/Timberlake via moviefone. I'll post them for you in a minute.
13_pines
Apr. 8th, 2011 02:40 am (UTC)
Yes, yes, yes to everything you said!

Sadly, I watched the movie streaming on Amazon, so I don't have the DVD to listen to the commentary. I'll probably end up purchasing it eventually, so I'll make sure to listen to it and watch the special features.

Andrew Garfield is absolutely adorable. This is the only thing I've seen him in so far, but he was recently in Never Let Me Go alongside Keira Knightley and Carey Mulligan. The local independent theatre here showed it briefly, and I heard it was good, so it's now on my list to watch.

No, I love JT too, and he's so funny on SNL. But this a whole other level of acting. I expected him to be good, but he just knocked it out of the park!
marymary
Apr. 7th, 2011 05:36 pm (UTC)
Unscripted: JE, AH and JT
Part 1:


Part 2:


Part 3:
13_pines
Apr. 8th, 2011 02:42 am (UTC)
Re: Unscripted: JE, AH and JT
Thanks so much for these! I haven't gotten a chance to watch them yet (I literally just got home at 10:00pm after being gone ALL DAY), but I'll check them out tomorrow and comment! :-)
tomfoolery815
Apr. 7th, 2011 07:17 pm (UTC)
It did feel like a long episode of TWW, didn't it? As we've all heard him say, Sorkin's favorite thing is two people arguing. There was no shortage of that in this film, obviously.

There's a rhythm to a Sorkin screenplay; if you've watched enough of his work, you know it when you hear it. Once the movie got going, it was if I had put on a really good pair of shoes I'd owned for years.

I knew I would love this movie the moment I heard Sorkin was writing it. I was not disappointed. I didn't watch it in the theater -- that's not really what I do anymore :) -- but I knew buying it on Blu-ray would be worthwhile.

Favorite line: "I'm six-foot-five, 220 pounds, and there's two of me."

Douglas Urbanski, the person who plays Harvard president Larry Summers,
I loved Urbanski as Larry Summers. The Winklevii (I presume it's with two I's :-) are expecting one thing, and he gives them the opposite of that thing.
13_pines
Apr. 8th, 2011 02:52 am (UTC)
It really did feel like TWW. Like you said, watching felt like putting on a favorite pair of shoes. I just felt comfortable with tone and pacing of the movie the entire time.

The Larry Summers scene is great; I love when one of the brothers breaks the doorknob on exit. (Yes, Winklevii with two I's!)

For some reason I'm fond of the scene where Eduardo is on the phone with Mark while his crazy girlfriend starts settng the place on fire in the background. Andrew Garfield was one of my favorite parts of the movie.
tomfoolery815
Apr. 8th, 2011 04:04 am (UTC)
Oh, Andrew Garfield was excellent, no doubt. I felt that you two had that angle covered. :)
tomfoolery815
Apr. 12th, 2011 12:17 am (UTC)
Ha! You guys, check this out: There was a court ruling today (April 11) regarding the Winkelvii and Facebook. They wanted to undo the settlement, and an appeals court told them "No, you just have buyer's remorse."

http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5jIXZt_1ifJmi8HSXyLIe-Xmmt4ng?docId=d053c147c7514d8b869647e73b3d9aab

It's an epilogue to the movie, in which the Winklevii still aren't willing to admit defeat.
jejohalo
Apr. 15th, 2011 05:32 am (UTC)
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