The Social Network

The Social Network ★★★★

I love it when everything in a film just works. Every cog within The Social Network is perfectly refined, and everything runs smoothly, with an impeccable shine. Fincher's direction is more restrained here than in his other films - offering less overt stylistic camera movements, but featuring a less show-y directing job. Aaron Sorkin has often been criticized for his "artificial dialogue," but within the mouths of these genius computer programmers and intelligent Harvard students, the words flow right off the tongue.

Jesse Eisenberg is perfectly suited to play Zuckerberg, with his quick-talking smart-ass comments feeling perfectly natural. His performance isn't theatrically emotional, but it definitely has its moments of integrity. He (and Sorkin) paints Zuckerberg in shades of gray, rather than coloring him in as a miraculous super genius or a subhuman scumbag. The two biggest supporting performances - coming from Andrew Garfield and Justin Timberlake - are very good as well. Garfield's Eduardo has some very emotively excellent scenes in the final act. Timberlake just plays the character he plays best.

There's likely no doubt in anyone's mind that this film is an important one for this generation. It chronicles the tale of lies, betrayal, and innovation that went into one of the most recognizable icon of the past decade. While I'm not sure if it really has much to say about the digital age in and of itself, it certainly isn't lacking in value.

The Social Network operates much like its protagonist. It's smart, quick, and sometimes lacking in emotional resonance. While it may not be necessarily ambitious or innovative, it's certainly entertaining, quietly funny, and chiefly intelligent. This is one for the books.

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