Last night I went to Altoona, PA to visit Brittney and Jess and to see the much hyped about movie The Social Network. About a year ago when I heard that there was going to be a ‘Facebook movie starring Justin Timberlake’ I LOL’d and definitely wrote it off as a movie I wouldn’t see. Actually, that’s what I said out loud, but everyone knows I would have seen it.
Overall, this movie is really really good. It definitely does live up to its hype. The story was absolutely compelling. Some people may not find the history behind Facebook (albeit fictional for the movie) to be that compelling, but the way they did it in this movie was absolutely awesome!
The acting was superb except for Justin Timberlake. I’m not even trying to target him as being a douche, he just wasn’t that great. He seems like a jerk when he’s being Justin Timberlake, and it was a really easy transition for him to be a jerk as Sean Parker too. He just seemed like an asshole-version of himself from the NSYNC days. Was that what they were trying to do? If so: great job!
Jesse Eisenberg and Andrew Garfield (the next Spiderman!) really stole the show. The acting was really really good and convincing. Although I don’t know if it was just that Andrew Garfield’s character was just someone I saw myself being friends with, or if he was actually a phenomenal actor, though the scene in the Facebook offices at the end was realllllly really great. I guess if you can convince someone that you want to hang out with them in real life you’ve done a great job right? I also thought Rashida Jones was awesome. She only had a handful of lines, but for what it was worth she was a very compelling character. The guy that played the twins was great…but just another standard supporting actor. Nothing really stood out about him, to me.
I had a few other tiny storyline elements that irked me. I thought they could have spent a tiny bit more time building up Sean Parker to Mark. They had dinner, Mark’s ridiculously impressed, and the next thing you know Sean is living with him in California. Considering this whole movie bases around Mark’s betrayal and Sean’s Machiavellian agenda, a little more than a time-lapsed dinner scene should probably have set up the rest of the movie, in my opinion. Also, the girls in the movie served as comic relief, which really annoys me. Either take them out, or give them a purpose to be sitting in the room. We get it. They’re college kids. If the movie wasn’t based around colleges and their time there, then the girls would have been a little more understandable.
Everyone was ranting and raving about the music, and besides the title credit at the beginning, and the scene where the twins were rowing in the race, I don’t remember thinking or caring about the music at all. Yes, Trent Reznor did the music, but…who cares? It was forgettable and I love connecting the music to the movie. Avatar did a great job of this.
Overall, you should definitely see this movie. If you’re one of the 500 million people that have Facebook then you’ll probably connect with it on an entertaining level.