Any guy or girl who has been dumped immediately says, “How can I show them? I know! I’ll create the best thing anyone’s ever seen.” This eternal emotional response is the driving force behind David Fincher’s The Social Network, one of the definitive movies for tech-driven generation whose members are constantly feeling the need to show the world what they’re all about.
A semi-fictional adaptation of the creation of Facebook and its founder, Mark Zuckerberg, a dweeb who shows up the girls who won’t love him and the men he’ll never be, in the most spectacular fashion: creating something that they themselves will never be able to avoid. If that’s not nerd justice I don’t know what is.
David Fincher, reaching the peak of his digital film-making (he would continue to use it on Girl With the Dragon Tattoo and Gone Girl) creates a sleek and precise style that works perfectly with the movies overall…motif (ugh, hate that word).
Just as well, Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross contribute in their own entrancing way with one of the most distinct scores, well, ever. Haunting, often energetic, but mostly soul-gazing electronic beats are like something out of a computer hacker’s heart, but much less Tron-like.
Led by a career-defining turn by Jesse Eisenberg as the smug, self-obsessed and quick-witted Zuckerberg, Network has a cast fit for the ages including Justin Timberlake, Andrew Garfield and Rooney Mara.
But no matter how beautiful the score or perfect the acting, the movies crème de la crème belongs to bespectacled writer Aaron Sorkin and his crisp, air-tight script that could put Quentin Tarantino on-check. His ability to flesh out the honesty in a person’s character as a reflection of the society that morphs them, as well as a wicked sense of humor and pace, elevate Network to levels that solidify it as a undeniable masterpiece. I’m totally not jealous.
Movies comes along all the time to try and define the angst, drive and voice of a generation, and most of the time they don’t succeed. But Network did. In order to do that everyone had to be on the same page, and working together to bring it to life. Network is a movie made by people so in sync that it could make any other film-making team bang their faces into a wall repeatedly. And that’s the perfect way to sum up this movie: It’s face-bashingly good.