9pm Showing: The Social Network

August 24, 2011 § Leave a comment

This year we saw the 83rd Academy Awards, which was surprisingly dominated by a British film about a stuttering English monarch. It was surprising to see a British film do well at the Oscars, as the Brits have been consistently snubbed by the Academy. I have mentioned in a previous post my contempt for films released around award season and it seems the British film industry have finally realised how the Academy works and what the Academy are looking for in a Best Picture, The King’s Speech was just that, a film that just ticks boxes. The film that should have won Best Picture as well as Best Director and Best Actor which The King’s Speech also stole from it is… The Social Network.

The Social Network has everything I look for in a film, it too is indeed a box ticker. It ticks my boxes. It is a coming or age tale, a court room drama, a social satire and it makes for exceptional viewing. Facebook has become a part of millions of people’s lives, it has become a part of their daily routine, they take a chunk out of their day to connect with people via this website and yet you don’t have to know anything about Facebook, who made it, how it came about, or even use it to be mesmerised by this landmark motion picture.

As the titles begin to roll 5 minutes in, all David Fincher does is follow Jesse Eisenberg on his way home from the bar from the opening scene and Fincher makes it look spectacularly elegant, complemented beautifully by Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross’ hauntingly exquisite score. Fincher’s direction and Reznor and Ross’ score intertwine, break apart then come together again and conceive and paint this astonishingly brilliant sensory picture that defibrillates your brain to cause your eyes to widen, ears to twitch and jaw to drop. Fincher’s brilliance excels throughout this film and he continues to break new ground in how a motion picture should look, sound, smell and taste.

Jesse Eisenberg, Andrew Garfield and indeed Justin Timberlake electrify in this film. Jesse Eisenberg plays Mark Zuckerbeg effortlessly, he is a ruthless and arrogant and a fucking dick and you absolutely love him for it. You could just slap him one minute then pat him on the back the next. A brilliant performance by an actor that truly has much more to give. Andrew Garfield is yang to Eisenberg’s yin, the calm, suave voice of reason that continues to take and deal with Eisenberg’s bullshit until he finally bursts “Sorry! My Prada’s at the cleaners! Along with my hoodie and my ‘fuck you’ flip-flops, you pretentious douchebag!” Absolutely glorious! Timberlake is too fantastic to watch, an indeed inspired and slick performance from someone relatively new to acting. But it is Armie Hammer who is truly superb, not just once, but twice.

Hammer who plays both Tyler and Cameron Winklevoss, is just unbelievable. Many actors struggle to play one character well, but to play two well-rounded and deeply individual characters is beyond phenomenal. Hammer’s performance is mind blowingly good and for me a performance that should be remembered for its sheer creativity and dedication to attention to detail, so much so that you think they’ve cast twins. Astronomical acting.

The Social Network is probably the film that I have watched the most this year and yet it continues to amaze me. As Justin Timberlake says “This is our time!”  and it is the perfect time and generation for movies like this to be made, if The Social Network was made 20 years ago it would’ve probably been a Porky’s, Animal House gross out, crude comedy, instead today a new generation of film makers and actors create probably one of the most important films on a popular culture that the young adults of today can completely relate to, which is why this motion picture is so accesible.

The Social Network is gripping, intense, funny and effortlessly beatiful. A modern masterpiece that will stand up and be counted with the rest of cinema and will hold its own with certified classics. Absolutely stunning.

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