One of the big contenders for the Oscar Awards, which will air tomorrow, is THE SOCIAL NETWORK by David Fincher. Some say it is just your average film others say it is the best movie of 2010. So should it get any awards?
When this movie aired here at local theaters I avoided it like the plague. Main reason? Justin Timberlake was playing in it, so I never bothered with it. Time goes by and suddenly one of my teachers mentions this movie during class and says I should watch it. It apparently was a good movie explaining how simple ideas can become great. So I eventually grabbed a copy of the movie, sat down and watched it.
A really good watch (except those scenes Timberlake talks to the other main characters, thank God those are only a few), many people will probably agree with me on this – seeing as how many scenes of the movie can be watched on YouTube – but is this movie really Oscar material?
The movie is nominated for the following categories:
- Best main actor: Jesse Eisenberg
- Best direction: David Fincher
- Best film edition: Angus Wall and Kirk Baxter
- Best original song: Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross
- Best Film: Scott Rudin, Dana Brunetti, Michael Del Luca and Cean Chaffin (producers)
- Sound mix: Ren Klyce, David Parker, Michael Semanick and Mark Weingarten
- Photography: Jeff Cronenweth
- Text: Aaron Sorkin (adapted script)
Now the story isn’t really original as it tells (part) of the life of Mark Zuckerberg. Not to mention some facts aren’t correct and the movie is based on the book THE ACCIDENTAL BILLIONAIRES. But the way the story is being told is very enjoyable.
In THE SOCIAL NETWORK we follow Jesse Eisenberg, who plays Mark Zuckerberg, in how he created THE Facebook and how everyone wanted a piece of his work. Finally resulting in huge sums of money being paid to various people claiming they deserve it. Jesse plays the likeable bad guy with his excellent retorts and down to earth approach to various situations. The opening scene itself has over 4 pages of dialogues and I had to rewind several times to fully comprehend what was being said between the characters. I must say, I was impressed. So him being nominated for best main actor did not really come as a surprise.
Looking at the other categories the movie has been nominated on, I can understand the ones which support how the movie has been made, written and executed. To take the perspective of various lawsuits and use flashbacks to explain these lawsuits was very interesting to watch. It gave us some great scenes in which Jesse had the opportunity to show his witty responses.
As for the music and sound mix, I think these are the categories in which THE SOCIAL NETWORK will actually win awards. The sound which can be heard throughout the movie is really unique and it stays in your head like those annoying songs you here at Disney World. For me “In Motion” from the OST really stimulates me in doing something. With this music on the background I actually am writing this review, not to mention I redid pretty much all of the coding for one of my other sites as well. Good inspirational music it is indeed.
But it all comes down whether or not THE SOCIAL NETWORK is a true Oscar candidate to win many awards. Honestly I do not think so, I think there is a big chance they will win for original song and sound mix (though INCEPTION also is a big contender in my book). If they really are lucky they even might get one for how the movie is made / directed. I however do not think Jesse will win an Oscar for Actor in a Leading Role. Colin Firth has a bigger chance at that with his role in THE KING’S SPEECH, but these are the Oscars and I have seen odder people win those coveted statues.
As for the movie as a whole, I have to agree with my teacher on this. It really is a great watch and even though it is not a comedy, it will put a smile on your face on several occasions. Even more so if you have a technical background. Do not worry if you cannot follow these scenes though, they are not a requirement to enjoy this movie.