The Social Network

The Social Network ★★★★★

It must be some twist of dramatic irony that the largest social network in the world was created by someone so socially handicapped. Mark Zuckerberg doesn't know how to convey his responses and emotions without coming off so intellectually superior, permeating an impression that he doesn't really desire people that others refer to as "friends." There's no doubt there is an overabundance of cinematic liberties that are taken with the real story of Facebook's founding and its supposed creator's massive litigation, but the dramatic twist placed on the facts make it all the more interesting.

The greatest living director and the greatest living writer are a pair that need to be matched more often. I'm surprised there haven't been more Sorkin-Fincher endeavors at least in the works, but I suppose even if the two never meet again I would be more than satisfied if I were just left with this. The closest similarity in a newer release to this we've received is Steve Jobs, a film perhaps too overlooked by an audience left with a bad taste in their mouths after a haphazard first biopic attempt. People didn't choose to look at Aaron Sorkin, with his razor sharp and fast-paced dialogue that contains the intensity of an action movie in a few pages of lines, they looked at the subject. Had people realized that it was penned by the same hand who adapted The Accidental Billionaires to the big screen, the box office might have had a far different outcome.

Alas, many won't remember Sorkin, the man behind the curtain, crafting a screenplay that should be recognized as a masterpiece all of its own. His screenplay bears all the emotional highs it needs, emulating the bustling and ever expanding world of the Internet. As the technology evolves and expands, so do the pacing and plot crescendos. I wouldn't discredit a single performance in The Social Network in the least. Jesse Eisenberg, for one, plays a perfect dramatic accompaniment to the real Zuckerberg. Andrew Garfield plays the most emotional and honest character in Eduardo Saverin, giving a sound voice of reason to this two hour EDM party. Armie Hammer and Josh Pence with Armie Hammer's face made a fairly groundbreaking turn as the Winklevoss twins, perhaps the two whose complaints and concerns are the most valid of anyone's. The Social Network is equal parts biopic and heist film- the story of how one man took a simple idea and turned it into a far better profit, and manipulated his friends and supporters in the process. Indubitably Sorkin's singular masterwork, an artistic display of perfectly crafted dialogue and one of my favorite biopics of all time.

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