Early Reviews Dub ‘The Social Network’ Oscar-Worthy

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The Social Network movie Early Reviews Dub The Social Network Oscar Worthy

The suggestion that the story behind the founding of Facebook could make for a compelling and timely cinematic drama would have been greeted with a healthy dose of skepticism just a year and a half ago.

Now we are but a few weeks away from the release of The Social Network and early word of mouth is that the Facebook-inspired project might not only be destined for Oscar glory, but it could resonate with the generation of Internet-savvy moviegoers the way films like On the Waterfront or The Graduate did with young adults alive in the 1950s and 60s, respectively.

General interest in The Social Network first picked up when acclaimed screenwriter Aaron Sorkin (The West Wing) and director David Fincher (Se7en, Fight Club) became involved with the project.  The release of an ominous teaser and official trailer a few months ago both indicated that these talents had in fact crafted an intriguing social drama for the 21st century.

The casting of Social Network players Andrew Garfield as the new Spider-Man and Rooney Mara as Lisbeth Salander in Fincher’s upcoming take on The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo has only helped keep the Facebook movie in the limelight.  Star Jesse Eisenberg – who plays Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg – was already a respectable actor in his own right, and his face has been featured prominently throughout the Social Network marketing campaign (see below).

The Social Network teaser trailer Early Reviews Dub The Social Network Oscar Worthy

Fincher previously made a bid for Oscar glory back in 2008 with his big-budget fantasy tale The Curious Case of Benjamin Button.  That flick was the filmmaker’s third collaboration with star Brad Pitt and was generally regarded as a visually gorgeous picture that suffered from a ponderous pacing and lacked the emotional punch of the duo’s previous joint efforts.  Ultimately it was beaten throughout the awards season by the little indie pic that could, director Danny Boyle’s Slumdog Millionaire.

The Social Network looks to be an overall darker project that deals with timeless themes involving the corruptive nature of power, greed, and the desire for success – issues more fitting to Fincher’s sensibilities as a director.  Sorkin has more than proven himself capable of scripting engaging political and personal dramas in the past, so his involvement is definitely a plus as well.

The Social Network1 Early Reviews Dub The Social Network Oscar Worthy

Blockbuster summer releases like Toy Story 3 and Inception were both hits with critics and moviegoers alike and are virtually guaranteed to dominate the animation and technical categories during the upcoming awards season.  The Social Network should have an easier time building momentum in the acting/writing/directing categories than those two flicks, which will suffer from being released earlier in the year.

Fincher’s Facebook flick still has plenty of competition from upcoming indie flicks like Darren Aronofsky’s Black Swan or Danny Boyle’s new film, 127 Hours – among several others.  The Fall 2010 Movie Season is just warming up and it will be interesting to see which new releases succeed or fail during the last few months of the year.

The Social Network arrives in theaters in the U.S. on October 1st, 2010.

Source: Deadline

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  1. I have absolutely no interest in this movie. I know it’s Fincher and everything but the subject matter just seems boring and I don’t like the Michael Cera imitation either. Does anybody want to watch this?

    • First, Eisenburg is miles ahead of Michael Cera. Second, what is it that you don’t like about the subject matter? Greed, lying, stealing, etc… in combination with Sorkin and Fincher (one of the best, if not the best, directors working today) seems like a great collaboration.

    • More people than you might think Bobby. I think it’s going to catch on big with members of the 13 – 30 generation.

      • Gratefully I do not fall into THAT demographic..and I have no interest in this film regardless of who was involved..CCBB was boring…SLumdog Millionaire was average..when it comes to awrds season and the preamble to said events I rarely trust the critics because in the past when I have followed the critical buzz around movies I find I have been let down or that I got caught up in the hype and let my espectations get too lofty..

    • My thoughts exactly Bobby. I LOVE Fincher but I really think he could’ve used his talents to make something better than a facebook movie.

      The founder of Facebook already spoke out about the movie, saying it was NEVER this melodramatic. I understand this is not a documentary but the whole thing has a “too serious” feel for me. It’s freaking facebook. I’m not interested in watch a film about some kid that made millions (billions?) on the dot com craze.

      And Eisenburg is NOT miles ahead of Cera. He has no range and is the same guy in every movie. If you take his acting from Social Network (trailer) and put combine it with a Zombieland trailer you would not notice the difference at all. That said, I LOVED Zombieland

      • *My dyslexia is acting up this morning so I apologize for the grammatical errors*

      • Eisenberg is miles ahead of Cera. What has Cera done since Superbad/Arrested Development? Nothing much, because Cera is exactly the same in every film he does. And that voice has gotten so annoying. As soon as I hear his voice I lose interest in the film because he just got annoying.

        I think Cera is on a downward spiral, while Eisenberg is doing fantastic.

        Here is a comparison of IMDB credits:

        Jesse Eisenberg:
        The Emperor’s Club, Cursed, The Education of Charlie Banks, Adventureland, Zombieland, The Social Network.

        Michael Cera:
        Arrested Development, Superbad, (supporting role) Juno, Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist, Year One, Youth in Revolt, Scott Pilgrim vs. the World.

        >> Compare the 2. Eisenbergs best movies are towards the end and Ceras best movies are towards the beginning. Nick & Norah, Year One, Youth in Revolt and Scott Pilgrim were all FLOPS monetarily and for the most part critically.

        • I see what you’re saying but we’re not comparing the movies, I’m talking about their acting. Cera shows signs of brilliance outside of his type cast character. Youth in Revolt, for example, he stepped out of his usual character (although it was a small step). Eisenberg has not done that YET. They’ve both been great in their respective roles but I feel like Cera is progressing.

          Also Arrested Development > Everything Eisenberg has done and will ever do :)

  2. Nice little article, cheers, although I think referring to Eisenberg as an already ‘respectable actor’ over Garfield is unfair to the Englishman. Garfield was sensational in Boy A (which earned him a Best Actor BAFTA in 2007)and last year he drove The Red Riding Trilogy. He’s going to be Oscar fodder once he’s finished being Spiderman.

    • @ A-K87

      Oh yes – I did not mean to imply that Garfield was not a respectable actor (like you pointed out, he’s done some excellent work in the past). Eisenberg was just arguably a better known and respected actor in the eyes of most U.S. moviegoers before Garfield got the Spider-Man role.

      • I’m shocked to hear that I honestly have no idea who this kid is. He looks and sort of sounds like Micheal Cera, but beyond that no clue.

  3. I want either Fincher or Affronsky to win the Oscars this year..

  4. I want to see this so badly!!!!

  5. Justin Timberlake is that bad of an actor either, he seems to make the transition from music to acting pretty well. Both Eisenburg and Garfield are great actors! Im looking forward to seeing this

  6. Justin Timberlake isnt** that bad of an actor either, he seems to make the transition from music to acting pretty well. Both Eisenburg and Garfield are great actors! Im looking forward to seeing this.

    Typo oops

  7. I think part of the problem is referring to it as ‘The Facebook Movie.’ Having seen every episode of “The West Wing” and having a perverse love for “A Few Good Men” I really like Aaron Sorkin and he’s what is really pulling me to this film.

    I can’t imagine this film being about all Facebook. So many other factors are going into this than deciding whether or not to add a dislike button or how much of your profile to share with people who aren’t your friend.

    It’s the backstory that I’m going for. Hopefully it makes me get on Facebook a little less cause I feel like a tool every time I feel the need to update my status. 8)

  8. I really don’t get the appeal of Fincher. The only two movies I liked from him were Se7en and Zodiac.

    • Have you seen: Fight Club, The Game, Panic Room, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button.

      While The Game and Panic Room weren’t the greatest of movies, I did enjoy them a lot. But, Fight Club and Benjamin Button are just brilliant.

      • Don’t get me wrong, I don’t think he’s horrible at all, but I don’t get all the acclaim. Especially for Fight Club, which I think is one of the 5 most overrated movies ever.

        • Probably a poor choice of words saying that those two were the only ones I “liked”

          • Haha it’s your opinion man.

            What is the other 4 movies that you think are overrated? Lol

  9. Zodiac is his best film, by quite a bit. And I love his movies.

  10. Fincher is awesome and this film will be no exception. I like every movie he has made, even the assembly cut of alien 3 is good imho.

  11. Such a pointless film. Doing a movie about the social Network that ripped off another social network and then over dramatize it.

    I wonder who came up with this idea.
    “Hey lets do a facebook movie”

    “So you want to make a movie about how they stole their idea from some one else?”

    “NO lets pretend that they did something original in the film, but have them steal from each other and over dramatize everything that happened maybe change a few details.”

    Wow it’s brilliant. No thanks I’d rather go buy a porno and place some sandpaper in my hand and get ready for what is obviously going to happen next. That sounds like more fun than watching this crappy film. Sucks to see a talent wasted like David F.

  12. “The founder of Facebook already spoke out about the movie, saying it was NEVER this melodramatic.”
    Yeah he also said people that gave him their personal information were f-ing stupid,,,

    So I really don’t believe a word he says,,, I think that’s the point of this film. He can’t be trusted.

    Yet I’m sure most people don’t see that as a problem.

  13. 790
    So i take it you’re not gonna see this lol!?

  14. @Sully, I will more then likey see this as a screener dvd.

    If its nominated for a SAG or Oscar I’ll get a copy,,,

    I wouldn’t want to sit through this in a theater. A home I can watch it hammered and spread out over the course of several nights.

  15. Would the Academy risk what little dignity remains by nominating Timberlake for an Oscar? 😀 I’d like to think there are enough great films being made to knock this one out of contention. Nothing against those involved with the project.

  16. What? Nominating Timberlake means Academy losing dignity?
    Get the hell out of here with that kind of nonsense.

    If a performance is worthy of a nomination then it’s worthy to be nominated whoever the performer is. A standup comedians can become actors and win Oscars. Why not singers?

    I hope Timberlake gets nominated and win, just to spite immature d-bags like Jason.

    By the way, I have seen Social Network. It’s a great film, a definite frontrunner. Top notch script, directing and acting, yes, even by the pop singer Timberlake, who I might add does a wonderful turn as Sean Parker.