Tell us what you thought of ‘The Social Network’

Posted by · 8:39 am · October 1st, 2010

It seems like David Fincher’s latest has been talked to death the last few weeks.  My thoughts are here.  Hopefully you aren’t bored with it before it had a chance to release (I doubt you are), so once you get around to seeing “The Social Network” this weekend (or whenever), head on back here and give us your thoughts.

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  • 1 10-02-2010 at 2:17 pm

    entertainmenttod said...

    Good to very good. Solid pace, well acted and quite interesting. One performance that should be pointed out was Rooney Mara. She is quite good in her two important scenes. Timberlake in some ways steals the movie and the character of Zuckerburg comes across as a real villian and in many ways quite evil. You have to be a complete scumbag to screw the Eduardo character the way that he did in the movie. Dont know how he sleeps at night. It was really pathetic. Well worth seeing!

  • 2 10-02-2010 at 6:37 pm

    Marc R. said...

    I thought that the film was excellent though I admit that w/ the ending I wanted a little more, but that’s fine. As far as I’m concerned Sorkin has won the oscar already (sorry Toy Story 3). Eisenberg and Timberlake were both brilliant while Garfield also gave the film added weight and emotion. The film editing race looks like it’s gonna be a battle between this, 123 Hours, and Inception. Like another commenter, I too was reminded of The Insider when watching this film. An endlessly compelling film impeccably edited, about a potentially very boring subject with a great cast. Also, loved the score and the photography. Did I mention that Sorkin’s work is just outstanding. All in all, very satisfying though Zodiac remains my favorite Fincher film. I do hope that Fincher wins the oscar for this. I might have to see this again.

  • 3 10-02-2010 at 6:40 pm

    Marc R. said...

    1 more thing, Zuckerberg did not come across as a tragic hero for me. I never once thought of him as a good guy. At times he was one to be pitied and Eisenberg plays him w/ just the right amount of ambiguity, but he was very much an anti-hero.

  • 4 10-02-2010 at 8:26 pm

    Mr. F said...

    It was fantastic. Not the best movie of the year (in my opinion), but still brilliant

  • 5 10-02-2010 at 8:48 pm

    James D. said...

    Fincher’s best film, certainly, but one with flaws. The twins bring the film to a grinding halt continually. It is one of the few films where I have been disappointed that it was over.

  • 6 10-03-2010 at 12:28 am

    Fitz said...

    Eisenburg could have played him as the misunderstood hero, but I’m glad he didn’t. I hope Mr. Tapley is right with Eisenburg getting a Lead Actor nod.

  • 7 10-03-2010 at 12:57 am

    R.J. said...

    I thought it was absolutely fantastic! Eisenberg was best in show with Garfield coming in a close second. Justin Timberlake was very good but I don’t think he was Oscar-worthy.

  • 8 10-03-2010 at 6:30 am

    cineJAB said...

    What a step up for Fincher from Benjamin Button. There’s really little to comment on here that hasn’t already been said, I thought the movie was excellent.
    I remember seeing Jesse Eisenberg in The Squid and The Whale way back in 2005, and wondering if he had what it takes to break out, and clearly he does, with two real box-office successes under his belt and a Best Actor nomination within reach. The guy’s going places to say the least. Andrew Garfield is the surest thing for an acting nomination though, in the less competitive supporting category. He’s one that I was hesitant about coming in to the film. I had heard great things, but I had also only seen him in Lions for Lambs…let’s just say I’ll be looking into some of his other work. I’m really thrilled that so many careers will be blossoming from this film though.

    Sure things:
    Best Picture
    Best Director
    Best Adapted Screenplay
    Best Supporting Actor, Andrew Garfield
    Best Film Editing

    also likely:
    Best Actor, Jesse Eisenberg
    Best Sound Mixing
    Best Sound Editing

    other possibilities:
    Best Supporting Actor, Justin Timberlake
    Best Supporting Actress, Rooney Mara
    Best Cinematography
    Best Original Score

  • 9 10-03-2010 at 6:41 am

    cineJAB said...

    also I thought Armie Hammer stood out as the Winklevosses. It was an interestingly layered role and performance that I’m surprised isn’t receiving more praise or mention.

  • 10 10-03-2010 at 6:44 am

    interstellar said...

    @Ibad (6)
    Yes! I did the same thing time ago: I noticed him in The Imaginarium of doctor Parnassus and I went on IMDB to know his name :)

  • 11 10-03-2010 at 9:21 am

    mgl82 said...

    The Social Network is very, very good but, contrary to popular opinion, I thought Garfield pushed too hard towards the end, threatening to derail the whole thing into strained melodrama. The part of his testimony where his chair is turned away from the deposition table was one of the few over-played notes in the film.

    It’s possible that the film, with its emphasis on treachery and friendship erosion, will play well into older academy member’s negative suspicions about social media and the new young zeitgeist.

    I can see a scenario where it takes home most of the gold, except the top prize.

  • 12 10-03-2010 at 11:38 am

    R.J. said...

    @cineJAB it’s interesting that you list Rooney Mara as a Supporting Actress possibility, I’d love to hear your reasoning behind that one. She was good in the small role that she had, but I don’t think she leaves enough of an impression to garner much awards traction.

  • 13 10-03-2010 at 4:08 pm

    JJ1 said...

    I left most of my thoughts in the box office thread, but …

    … excellent movie. Wonderfully constructed & crafted. It’s not a masterpiece, in my opinion (in that, I wasn’t emotionally devastated (in a good or bad way), something that usually qualifies with my own personal thought-process of a masterpiece).

    BUT, there is emotion. The writing, editing, & music is superb. All of the actors were great; with my stand-out being Garfield. I just think he’s wonderfully watchable. Fincher … um, I guess this is his to lose? That said, I’d list him as about 6th or 7th on my “I’m impressed with facets of this film” list. 9.5/10

  • 14 10-03-2010 at 5:56 pm

    Holden said...

    All I have to say is that this is truly a great film.

    Deserves Oscars for:

    Sup. Actor (Garfield)
    Adapted Screenplay
    Film Editing

    Other nominations include…

    Sup. Actor (Timberlake)
    Sound Mixing
    Sound Editing

  • 15 11-05-2010 at 12:43 pm

    Gemma said...

    Boring in most of parts…
    Andrew Garfield gives a breakout performance and Armie Hammer is a name to keep an eye.