Friday, September 17, 2010

The Social Network


I was lucky enough to go check out a pre-screening of David Fincher's film, "The Social Network" which is more commonly known as "The Facebook Movie". Fincher has previously directed Se7en, Benjamin Button & Zodiac. The film is written by Aaron Sorkin (A Few Good Men, The West Wing).

The film was so preventative on piracy that they took our cellphones. To say the least, I felt somewhat uneasy about this, some might even say naked, but it was essentially akin to a coat check. We got them back without a hitch.
I'm usually more on the skeptical side of films. Especially ones based on seemingly plain subject matter, such as websites. The entire idea on the whole sounded preposterous to begin with. Let's just say that by the end of the film, I was left chewing on the remnants of my words.

There's something to be said for the fact that I've been experiencing a barrage of films as of late due to the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) and this was an absolute stand out film that wasn't even part of the competition.

The performance delivered by Jesse Eisenberg (Adventureland, Zombieland) was extremely, extremely top notch. Up until this point, I'd considered him the 'poor man's Michael Cera'; as in, when Cera was unavailable, Eisenberg stepped in. Sometimes being unable to tell them apart in trailers.

Apparently I'm not the only one that has this problem. This is a picture caption from the Toronto Star from a couple weeks back. Notice anything ... odd? (hint: read the caption)

Yet, Jesse Eisnberg's choices of films to take definitely led me to believe that he could expand his acting scope, so I was on the lookout for something that would let him expand/explore a single character. His portrayal of Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg is really something to watch unfold.

It was refreshing seeing a well directed, well written, well paced film with great acting and above all, have it be incredibly entertaining as well. It also helps that we all walked out of the theater feeling like a million dollars.
But you know, as one of the characters in the film says, a million dollars isn't cool, a billion dollars is.
Aim high.

R.

8 comments:

Brian G said...

Cool, looking forward to see it in theatres.

talesfrommidair said...

I can't believe they took your phone. I would never have handed it over. Just think of the shenanigans!

--Alma

Vinny Verma said...

Thanks for sharing this Randeep, I enjoyed the read and cartoons!

Chenny said...

i was a bit skeptical about the movie too, but i think i'll go check it out now, thanks for the post! your drawings are really cute too!

Floyd Norman said...

I was never skeptical about this movie mainly because the screenwriter and director are kick ass filmmakers.

Glad you liked it. I'm looking forward to it.

emarchak said...

Asking me to check my phone at the door is like asking me to check my bra. I don't physically need it, but society has conditioned me so. I might have shouted obscenities and then started fighting if I was there.

The short and long of it is that you probably handled the "no cellphone" thing with a lot more dignity and grace than I would have. But that's not saying much.

opi said...

very cool

via said...

You need to watch The Squid and the Whale.