The Social Network (2010)
By: Henry J. Fromage (A Toast) -
This film examines the origins of Facebook and the several lawsuits brought against founder Mark Zuckerberg by his former friends and partners.
We’re only drinking one beer with this one, and that’s to toast a job well done.This one very well may be your Best Picture winner this year, folks.
Jesse Eisenberg, as Facebook creator Mark Zuckerberg, is special, creating a well-rounded, sympathetic character while mainly communicating in sharp one-liners and glances. His name will come up a lot this awards season.
Yep, that kid from Zombieland
Andrew Garfield as Facebook’s co-founder Eduardo Severin also is excellent,
… as is Justin Timberlake as Napster founder Sean Parker.
David Fincher, the guy who brought us Se7en and Fight Club, directs the heck out of this thing.In everybody else’s hands this could have been a soap opera or dry paint-by-numbers drama, but Fincher puts together a great team including cinematographer Jeff Cronenweth (Fight Club as well) and Trent Reznor of Nine Inch Nails, whose electronic score is the pitch perfect complement to the film.All of this came together most spectacularly in a slo-mo rowing race set to a revved up version of In the Hall of the Mountain King.It doesn’t get much better than that.
The throbbing heart of the movie, though, is Aaron Sorkin’s script.You may know his work if you’ve ever watched The West Wing or Sports Night.The crisp, fast dialogue that is his calling card is here, but he hasn’t had people this suited for it since President Bartlett.
While that certainly helps, this script is clearly his masterpiece.
Pop open a cold one and enjoy the finest film of the year.
Bonus Drinking Game
Take a drink: every time one of the twins looks like somebody stole their candy
Take a drink: whenever Zuckerberg silences somebody with a quick quip
Drink a shot: each time Zuckerberg (possibly) betrays somebody