24 September 2010

The Social Network

Directed by: David Fincher
Written by: Aaron Sorkin
Full credits at IMDb

The Social Network, Fincher’s fleet chronicle of Facebook’s founding, captures the zeitgeist insofar as it catches a cultural change, when not only the nerds but the kids starting minding the stores. Aaron Sorkin’s witheringly sarcastic but too-neat screenplay finds Shakespearean tragedy among these machinating whiz kids, manipulating different clichés to tell the story of how Mark Zuckerberg (Jesse Eisenberg), the smartest prick in the room, hurt and pissed off a lot of people to become the world’s youngest billionaire; his relationship with Eduardo Saverin (Andrew Garfield), which deteriorates through the movie from biffles to opposing litigants, recalls two more embattled titans of a media empire—no less than Orson Welles and Joseph Cotten in Citizen Kane.

Sorkin’s pretentious source-list doesn’t stop there: the film points at Milton (when one character notes that “creation myths need a devil”), and at a Q&A he cited Aeschylus and Rashomon. (Just because people disagree about events in your movie doesn’t make it Rashomon.)

Keep reading this dispatch from the 2010 New York Film Festival at The L Magazine

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1 comment:

Sara said...

This is a great film analysis on this specific movie. I especially liked how you described the "neat" screenplay. It is so fucking pretentious and is definitely the "prom queen" of 2010 until something slightly less similar and prettier comes out this year.