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The Social Network

The Social Network

What she said:

She

Have you ever wondered how the Facebook got started?  Seriously, me neither.  Which is why I had zero interest in this movie, even after everyone started raving about it.  I could not imagine how they could make Mark Zuckerberg and pals seem interesting for two hours.  I put it off, and put it off some more, but then the Golden Globes rolled around and I figured I had to make the sacrifice and watch it already.

I have to say, I was pleasantly surprised.  It was some of what I expected, but was presented in a way I did not anticipate.  I liked how the film flashed back and forth between the past, and Zuckerberg’s two lawsuit litigations.  It made what could have been infinitely boring quite interesting to watch.

Jesse Eisenberg played what I imagine Zuckerberg might actually be like very well.  He was neurotic, self-centered, and a mind-warped genius.  You could tell that his mind was always buzzing.  And yeah, he wasn’t that great of a guy.  Justin Timberlake also wasn’t too bad, and that I found very surprising.  He played the sleazy Napster founder, Sean Parker.  Timberlake’s acting was only mildly phony, and for once he wasn’t trying too hard.  Future Spiderman, Andrew Garfield, played Zuckerberg’s former best friend, Eduardo Saverin, and was fantastic at times.  His performance makes me almost want to see the Spiderman reboot next year.

The Social Network has plenty of scandal, intrigue, and deception.  It also has a little bit of humor, although sometimes awkwardly placed and not enough to actually qualify as full on comedy.  One of my few gripes would be the bad CG snow and breath-steam that was injected into the outdoor scenes.  Couldn’t they just film in the real cold and save us from the phoniness.  It was actually distracting.  Or just not use it at all.  I would not have noticed the lack of breath-steam.  In fact, the CG made it actually over exaggerated.  As you could tell, that was a real gripe for me. 

Whatever predisposed sentiments you have toward this film, it’s worthwhile to put them aside and try watching the movie.  The Trent Rezner score can be overwhelming at times, but maybe it’s best to encounter the film feeling like you’re hopped up on E.  Not as bad as I would have thought.

Diagnosis: Thumbs up.

What he said:

He

I had mixed emotions about this one from the get-go. I remember seeing the trailer for and thinking it was edited very nicely. I wasn’t dying to see the movie (the story behind the invention of Facebook didn’t exactly intrigue me), but it looked decent enough.

Additionally, I am always skeptical of movies that are supposedly based on real life. You just never know whom to believe. I was even more skeptical when I heard that it was based on a book that was written by a guy who claims to have been screwed over by Zuckerberg. So the whole thing needs to be taken with a grain of salt.

That being said, if half of what this movie claims is true, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg doesn’t look so great in my eyes.

After seeing it, I am as mixed about the movie as I was over my desire to see it. I thought it was very well acted. Jesse Eisenberg was excellent as Zuckerberg. I don’t know how accurate his portrayal is, but the performance was fantastic. I have seen and liked him in other things such as Zombieland and Adventureland, but he proved to have some serious acting chops in this movie.

JT also pulls off a surprisingly good performance. His portrayal of the seemingly sleazy Napster found Sean Parker was spot on. Timberlake has a bit of a reputation as a party boy and ladies man, so maybe the role just really fit his personality?

I was also impressed with Andrew Garfield’s portrayal of Eduardo Saverin. Now I don’t know if it’s realistic or not, but I found the character likeable because of Garfield’s performance. It really makes me look forward to seeing him as Peter Parker in the Spiderman reboot.

The rest of the supporting cast was just fine too.

But here’s my issue; it’s overrated. Words like “best picture” and “groundbreaking” are being thrown around far too casually. It was a good movie and I recommend seeing it, but there’s nothing mind-blowing about this film. Even director David Fincher agrees with me.

Rating: Thumbs up.

This movie review was brought to you by “the he” on January 20, 2011