Aaron Sorkin has earned his reputation as one of the best writers in Hollywood. He’ll probably take him his first Oscar for the Social Network. This is one movie that lives up to its hype. Whether it will stand the test of time is yet to be seen, but it does get you talking. And thinking.
And the script is amazing, incredibly fast-paced, making the famed Warner Brothers dialogue of the 1930s seem slow by comparison. When finally the movie does slow down, the scene is accompanied by Edvard Grieg’s Hall of the Mountain King, a movement which starts slow and builds to a frenzy. Interesting, fascinating, choice. Brilliant.
The movie to borrow (and likely paraphrase) an expression from its first scene was like riding a stairmaster, showing how a socially inept college computer geek created perhaps the most popular social networking venue in world history. Told through two separate depositions in court proceedings against this geek, it leaves you wondering whether he deliberately cut his best friend out of the company they founded together in their college dorm room or whether he let himself be manipulated by lawyers, venture capitalists and a more socially savvy web “entrepreneur.”
It’s not so much a great story as it is a character study. And like an entirely different such study (but in some ways quite similar), Citizen Kane, it brilliantly utilizes the medium of film. Great movies, I’ve often learned, don’t have to tell great stories. They merely have to engage you as they paint the portrait of an individual. And this does so brilliantly. Whether it honestly tells the story of the founder of Facebook I don’t know, but it’s amazing to see how quickly this phenomenon has grown.
Seven year ago, it was nothing. Today, it has over 500,000,000 members. Neither of the organization’s founders have yet celebrated their 30th birthday.
It’s not just the writing. David Fincher deserves credit for directing his actors through such an intense script, with each of them delivering, some like Jesse Eisenberg and Andrew Garfield quite brilliantly, while Kirk Baxter and Angus Wall was surely snag their second (joint) Oscar nomination for their achievement in editing.
The movie is well done and well worth your time. But, make sure to go with a friend and maybe plan a meal after because it gets you thinking. And will get you talking.