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
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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.