By Carol Mannix – Editor in Chief
With this year’s Oscar nominations announcement looming on the horizon, the big buzz is undoubtedly centered on,“The Social Network,” the little film that could.
The Golden Globes and the Critic’s Choice awards this month both ended up producing some wild card winners, and “The Social Network” was no exception, with the only sure thing being Natalie Portman’s performance as the deranged ballerina in the psycho-thriller “Black Swan.”
“The Social Network” won both the Critic’s Choice and Golden Globe awards honoring the visionary David Fincher for Best Director, Aaron Sorkin for an impeccably poetic adapted screenplay and Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross for their haunting, gritty and at times heartbreakingly beautiful original score.
The film also took home Best Picture at the Critic’s Choice Awards and Best Picture-Drama at the Golden Globes, beating out popular heavy hitters “Inception” and “Black Swan” at each ceremony. And all of the above is rightfully so.
Although “The Social Network” has fallen victim to the same prognosis as “Black Swan,” let me assure you, it is not simply a movie about Facebook, as the latter is not simply a movie about ballet.
“The Social Network” is loosely based on the creation of Facebook back in 2004 by the now 26 year-old Mark Zuckerberg and has been criticized for being too sensationalized, akin to Ben Mezrich’s controversial novel, “The Accidental Billionaires: The Founding of Facebook: A Tale of Sex, Money, Genius and Betrayal.”
However, this is not a documentary, nor does it pretend to be one, and the dramatized elements that may or may not have actually happened make the ride of this film that much more enjoyable.
Jesse Eisenberg is pitch perfect in his portrayal of the Zuckerberg character, a smarter-than-you-and-he-knows-it type, successfully setting the tone in the first 15 minutes of the movie during an quick fire conversation with his soon to be ex-girlfriend, Erica Albright, played by the deftly subtle Rooney Mara.
From here on out, the audience is taken on a journey of betrayal, jealousy and ambition, peppered throughout with glimpses into Zuckerberg’s modus operandi; attempting to impress the girl he lost to win her back, a common thread that ties the entire story together in a neat package from start to finish.
Not a scene is wasted and not a word of dialogue is spared in the surprisingly rapid two-hour runtime, as Fincher and Sorkin prove they may be the new cinematic dream team.
Fueled by a young and relatively unknown cast, apart from the underrated Justin Timberlake as the notoriously suave Napster founder Sean Parker, “The Social Network” has set the bar for the next wave of young adult-focused pieces, showing the 20-somethings of today in their natural habitat, an odd gap between youth and adulthood filled with the sleekness of the future.
“The Social Network” at its core is an age old story, thrust into modernity via the channel of the Facebook phenomenon. It is not only a must-see for our generation, but anyone who wants a glimpse into what the future of cinema holds.