Sunday, October 17, 2010
The Social Network
The movie caters to two definite fan sets: 1) mainstream people who like and who are curious about the makings of facebook, and 2) people who like to see good quality movies. On the latter point, look at the names behind this operation: David Fincher (Fight Club, Se7en) directs the thing, Aaron Sorkin (West Wing) writes it, and my personal favorite, Jesse Eisenberg (The Squid and the Whale, Zombieland) stars. Oscar material all the way, baby.
The story is based on the book The Accidental Billionaires (of which I am currently reading), and is about Facebook creator Mark Zuckerberg and his rise to earthly domination by launching an idea that revolutionized the world. The film cuts between flashbacks and two court cases that Mark was involved in, 1) whether or not he stole the idea from the Winklevoss twins and another dude (which he kind of did), and 2) the rights of ownership to his former friend and start-up partner Eduardo Saverin (which he kind of underhandedly took away from him).
And then Justin Timberlake shows up as Sean Parker (remember Sean Parker? The dude behind Napster?), and it turns out that Justin Timberlake is a mighty fine actor. Those comedic stylings he was pulling off on SNL were not just a flash in the pan. Justin Timberlake can really act. (And the real life Sean Parker is one crazy dude, by the way.)
One thing that got me super excited when watching this movie was seeing the guy who used to be my Jesse Eisenberg in the early 90's... Joseph Mazzello! Most of you may not remember the name... but you know the kid from Jurassic Park, Simon Birch (no, not that kid, the other kid from Simon Birch), The Cure, and Radio Flyer? That was him! I LOVE him! He was in this movie too!
Oh, and most of the previews were pretty lame (The Dilemma? Seriously, Vince Vaughn?), but the movie Hereafter looked really good. It stars Matt Damon as a guy who used to be a famous psychic but now he's not working as a psychic anymore, and it's directed by Clint Eastwood. You all know how I like this paranormal stuff... plus, Clint Eastwood has a great track record for directing really good movies. I want to see it.
(That's it. How did I do? I actually told about the movie this time, didn't I?)