I know all these Social Network posts are getting tiresome and that they may inspire a backlash of some kind (though I can’t imagine this happening), but Miami Herald critic Rene Rodriguez has written the following “little blog post” called “The Best Movie of the Year? Probably”:
“I know it’s only September and a lot of Oscar-hopeful films are yet to unspool, but I doubt I’ll see a better movie this year…screenwriter Aaron Sorkin, who can start making room on his mantle for an Oscar right now, has taken the story of Mark Zuckerberg, who created the Facebook website while a sophomore at Harvard University, and turned it into a resonant snapshot of our time — the way social class and structure have mutated in the Internet era, the me-first attitude of contemporary business ethics and entrepreneurship.
“The Social Network, which is all dialogue but is paced as rapidly as Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, is also the first detailed screen portrait of Generation Y — people born between 1982 and 1995 — and their views on career, money, relationships and their responsibility, if any, to society.
“The movie is recognizably Fincher (Harvard is lit like a dungeon) but the director’s editing rhythm is much faster and more dynamic than usual, and he gets compelling performances out of Jesse Eisenberg, who captures Mark Zuckerberg’s profound emotional dislocation, Andrew Garfield as Zuckerberg’s college roommate and business partner Eduardo Severin, and Justin Timberlake as Sean Parker, the Napster founder who wormed his way into the Facebook enterprise as the website was beginning to take off.”