Wednesday, March 9, 2011

"Top of the Queue Review" - The Social Network

The Social Network is one of those movies that a lot of people loved and were hoping it would win Best Picture, but there also seems to be a bit of a backlash against the film with some people saying it is just a movie about greedy 20 year olds who think they are too smart for the average person.

I guess I fell in somewhere in the middle, I loved the style, script and editing of the film but was taken aback by the actions of the main character. However, since this is based on a true story, and we all know there are plenty of backstabbers in the world, I'm actually growing to like it even more than I originally did, seeing it as a modern day version of Wall Street. Though this is less about greed, as it relates to money and power and more about how it relates to being smarter than the people you know. And in the case of Mark Zuckerberg, played amazingly well by Jesse Eisenberg, he is scarily smart. But smart can only get you so far, you also have to know how to deal with people which he clearly does not.

For those who don't know what the movie is about, the basic plot is that it documents the creation of Facebook, and the various lawsuits that came afterwards with several people claiming ownership of it.  The screenplay by Aaron Sorkin well deserved the Oscar it won.

And, just a few words on Jesse, he appears to be quickly coming one of the top go-to actors in the young 20 category, with starring roles in "Adventureland" and "Zombieland"  and the fact that he gained an Oscar nomination for his part should see his asking price go up as well.   He is sorta the "smart" version of Michael Cera!

And, on a personal note, I think we should add the "The" back before "Facebook" - as "The Facebook" has a much better ring to it, don't you think?  :)

Amazon link to the Blu Ray - The Social Network (Two-Disc Collector's Edition)

The score also won the Oscar - so check that out if you haven't already...
Amazon link to the soundtrack - The Social Network

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