31 December, 2010

The Social Network

So really what's the big deal about this movie? I mean first of all half the world doesn't know how much of it is true? The other half calls it the Facebook Movie and I pretty much dislike the fact that someone can't even remember or care to find out the title of the movie they are watching. Furthermore, there are no action sequences, no grand situations involving death defying stunts, maybe very little cursing, and finally no slapstick or gross comedy. So what's there to watch... Right? If you thought right, well then you are grounded for a month. Seriously!!

This is out-and-out a writers film. Okay, firstly the makers are smart enough to have made the movie now, when Facebook is at its pinnacle. Everyone knows about it and everyone alive is on it. It's a brilliant piece of cinema in terms of the story narrative, the dialogue, and the presentation. It doesn't try to stylize anything or anyone. Take Justin Timberlake, playing Sean Parker, creater of Napster. He has a larger than life persona in real and so did his character, yet you don't see him enter a room in slow motion with dramatic music in the background. Everything from the geek talk to the party scenes are simple, plain, just like everyday life. Jesse Eisenberg takes over the role of Mark Zukerberg comfortably and makes it his own. And finally I could see Andrew Garfield as the next Spiderman.

Okay, so I agree that this is not for everyone. It's a thinking person’s film, and yes at times you just want pure entertainment without bothering to listen to anyone explain the nitty-gritty of what they want on their website and how they will go ahead with it. Also let's face it, courtroom dramas are not everyone's cup of tea. But the brilliance of this film (which should be seen by everyone who loves cinema) lies in the stellar performances, the subtle humor, and the overall simplicity. All this besides the star of the film, which in this case is the screenplay (Credit for that goes to Aaron Sorkin).

Lastly, two things that truly made me give this movie a 4.5/5 rating were the score, which was brilliant considering it's a dialogue centric movie and then the fact that after a long long, long, long time (read first time for me :-) has a movie done justice to the book it is based on (Accidental Millionaires by Ben Mezrich). On a slightly separate topic Ben Mezrich's book Bringing Down the House is one of my favorites and was unfortunately made into the movie 21.

So there it is... I can't wait for it to come out on DVD as this is a perfect movie to watch at home when you have time for some good ol' pure cinematic brilliance.

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