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David Fincher’s The Social Network has caused quite a stir due to its subject. The movie, chronicles the rise of www.facebook.com into one of the most successful Internet companies at present. Sadly, the movie fails to really emotionally get me (for that matter) into the characters, and heck, the story itself.
The characters move and talk as if in the world of their own. Is this what David Fincher was trying to do? Distancing what is happening in the film with what should be in the real life? There are many, many films showing socially-challenged smart young people, but I can somehow enjoy them as movie characters, despite the comic and outrageous or fantastic situations they are in (“Hey, it’s a movie after all,” I can easily say)
Mark Zuckerberg in the movie is portrayed as a programming genius who under his seemingly nerdy resignation is manipulative, whose words his close friends (lesser genius) heed and take as command. Zuckerberg is a person who bears a grudge and has his mind all a-twirling scheming devious plots to avenge those whom he feels has wronged him, thus positioning himself as the actual bad guy in the movie.
Yet, Zuckerberg in The Social Network is also a person of longing, and his continuously refreshing the page of the girl he so much wants to befriend with (in real life, or at least, in facebook) after sending a friendship request is for me one of the most intense moment in the movie.
The other characters seem to just hover on the scenes . I didn’t get any sense of excitement, urgency, intensity or importance in their characters. Many people praise Justin Timberlake’s portrayal of Sean Parker (inventor of Napster) but how is his acting any different from, say, Andrew Garfield, who is portrayed as Mark’s best friend, and, at the same time, Mark’s biggest victim (he is the somewhat hero of the movie, I would say)?
David Fincher is one of the directors I like, but, The Social Network may seem like a little too easy for him (compared to, for example, his Se7en, Fight Club, Curious Case of Benjamin Button, or, yes, even Alien 3 and Panic Room). This sorta like Ang Lee’s directing Brokeback Mountain (meh) compared to his directing Crouching Tiger (simply beautiful). And as the story done in flashback in the end leave me hanging, as the problems seem to just resolve all by itself, I again wonder what the hell were those guys at Golden Globe thinking?? I mean, there is INCEPTION. Hello?
Last week I watched Superman II on one of the local TV stations. The movie was still a crazy fun for me. I don’t know why many people hate this one. Sure, there is too much Richard Pryor in the flick, but Superman went bad in this flick for crying out loud, and seeing the showdown between the evil unshaven Superman and Clark Kent last week was like having my teenage wet dream all over again.