Film Review- The Social Network (2010) The untold and at times fictionalised account of the rise of Facebook and Mark Zuckerberg. Oscar Winner, Golden Globe Winner and from one of my favourite directors. Social Network has a gritty tone with a slightly dark appearance. It’s weird when you imagine that this film is about a Havard Student starting from nothing to having a net worth $14.7 Billion and still be a dark and gritty film.
Plot- Mark Zuckerberg (Jesse Eisenberg) gets dumped by his girlfriend at the beginning of the film and this makes him get drunk and create a website called Facemash.com and starts to bitch about his ex via a blog. This gets Notoriety with other Havard Students such as the Winklevoss Twins (Armie Hammer) and ask him to make a social network site exclusive to Havard Students. However Zuckerberg with the help of his friend Eduardo Saverin (Andrew Garfield) creates “The Facebook”. From there he meets Napster Creator Sean Parker (Justin Timberlake) and the rise of Facebook goes through internal conflicts and problems. The film tracks not just Facebook’s rise but also two lawsuits against Zuckerberg at the same time. Eduardo sues Zuckerberg and also the Winklevoss twins.
Review- (Fincher Fans Voice) “Fincher’s a sell out” “he’s making a big hollywood movie” “Homo!”
NO, your completely wrong, this feels exactly like a Fincher film, because it doesn’t have murder or some capitalist rhetoric. This has the exact tone of a Fincher film. A film about the rise of Facebook according to this film is not a happy one. And Fincher uses everything to remind of this. The lighting is very dark, it is very rare to see a scene in this movie that is fully lit. Thinking about it, every scene has a dim tone and slightly warm dark appearance. This film is dark. It’s haunting, exemplified by the soundtrack, which the title track, “Hands Cover Bruise” is one of the best film tracks I’ve ever heard. It is so haunting and fits the tone of the film so well, that when you listen to it without the aid of the film, it’s create an image from the The Social Network. For me it’s Zuckerberg running through the snow. The soundtrack is just awesome because it fits the film just like a jigsaw. Fincher’s Auteur hands has grabbed this film and created a tone that couldn’t of been done by anyone else. He pulls it of so well and is the reason why this isn’t your typical Hollywood movie, it isn’t a sell out. Yes it’s a biopic of a billionaire, but it has so many fincher’s key themes that it is one of the best fincher films. you have the dark tone, the anti hero, the unhappy ending. This is a prime example of Fincher as a director and anybody says any different needs to go back to their small little room and re watch it.
Enough of Fincher, The actors are brilliant in here, especially Jesse Eisenberg and Andrew Garfield. Two rising stars. Eisenberg creates a character that you can hate but you can also really like too. He is small in stature but he takes over every scene that he is in. He creates this presence that is just hypnotic and fully deserved the Oscar. Garfield is becoming one of the hottest tickets at the moment and this film was his spring board. It’s a character we all sympathise with even though he’s suing the hero of the film. Garfield is the emotion of the film, because the limitation for Eisenberg is that Zuckerberg in this film holds back on his emotion, he is very conserved. However Garfield has a lot of scenes where he feels left out and ostracised. Garfield portrays Saverin with such emotion he sort of becomes the second hero. Great performances by all the cast, I would of loved to see more of Rooney Mara though.
The story is good and well plotted out but there is one massive problem with the script, it’s mostly fictitious. The lawsuits are real, the characters are real, the Facebook is real but the way all of these events turned out with mostly fake. Just created for entertainment. It’s a shame that this story didn’t need the facebook name. It only had it just so it could be a guaranteed blockbuster. I understand that events had to be fictionalised because who wants to see 4 “nerds” “writing code and eating Pizza for 2 hours.” However it does annoy me when it says it’s a biopic or a film based on someone when the actual truth is that it’s entirely made up. (For Example Texas Chainsaw Massacre 99% made up) Once you shy away from the truth and start to enjoy it. it becomes a great film with a great plot, that has feeling and emotion. It has a hero that has negative qualities but you can spot that Zuckerberg does have a heart. Especially the ending because it’s sad but also happy. It’s non conclusive but in a way it is. It’s a “non Hollywood” ending that is very weird but I love it. The writing is amazing, it’s sharp and witty and at time funny. Brilliant scenes in this movie and the script, which is shamefully fake but it is still amazing. One of the best.
Overall- The film is great, great tone, great look, great performances, amazing music, brilliant ending. Annoyed at the “truth” it tries to present. I would of liked to see Zuckerberg have slightly more redeeming features because at times it portrays him as a nasty peice of work but it actual fact, this is a guy that yes he has screwed a few people but he is a genius that is unique to this world and is not blinded by money, He created Facebook not because of getting girls but because of he likes building things. If you were going to create a fake Zuckerberg make him at least a little bit more likeable. At times it’s a slow, But I can’t fault it;s tone, or look. It’s not the typical rags to riches story. It’s a chilling, haunting and magnificent film that proudly sits on my DVD shelf. Note I do love the “attention scene” one of my favourite moments in film. Film Rating- 8.5/10
Film Review- The Amazing Spiderman (2012) The reboot of the massive superhero franchise. Going back the origins of Spiderman without Tobey Maguire and Sam Raimi. The new look of Spiderman directed by Marc Webb (does anyone find that funny) Andrew Garfield as the Masked Vigilante and Emma Stone as his love interest Gwen Stacey. Even though there is criticism about rebooting a series only a few years after the last film but it’s a fresh start that looks very promising.
Plot- the same origins story of Peter Parker (Andrew Garfield) , photography nerd whose Mum and Dad died when he was a child and now lives with his Uncle Ben (Martin Sheen) and Aunt May (Sally Field). He falls in love with Gwen Stacey (Emma Stone). whose father is captain of the police. This is about how Peter Parker became Spiderman, spider bite, great power, great responsibility. etc. But there’s a different Villain. Dr Curt Connors who worked with Peter Parker’s Dad and for Oscorp Industries. He takes a serum that makes him into the lizard and he plans to turn the whole entire New York population into Lizards. So Spiderman has to stop them.
Review- Comparison time with the Original Sam Raimi Spiderman film. Actually I don’t have too because this film does exactly the same as the Raimi film but much much more. The look is better, the action scenes are more intense. Andrew Garfield is a brilliant Spiderman is a more likable character compared to Tobey Maguire. Emma Stone is a much better love interest then Mary Jane. Martin Sheen is a great Uncle Ben and Sally Field excels as Aunt May. Now I like the original Spiderman film, it was great but I do prefer this film much better. It looks more fresh, the Spiderman costume looks up to date. The web shooters are more closer to the written material source. The Cast is great, the only thing it is missing is the crazy Newspaper Chief of the Daily Bugle but the Cast is amazing in this film.
The Villain is okay, I like the lizard but I wanted him to be more brutal, he didn’t have time to tear up New York that much but hats off to Rhys Ifans plays the Lizard with great unstable kind of stature. Andrew Garfield is a great Spiderman though, he brings a boyish charm that brought girls to drool all over the floor and Emma Stone is a great actress and she is actually useful here as well, which I like to see a strong woman in films. I can’t really comment on the story because it’s already been done and that’s most probably the biggest criticism for the film. It was only 10 years since the original and people still hold the original with high acclaim but it needed a re boot and it succeeds on every level.
The soundtrack is brilliant again, No cheesy Nickelback songs. (YEAH!) A nice Coldplay song though. The action sequences are brilliant, the choreography is intense and thrilling to watch and the movement is Spiderman is mind bending. The mix between action and character is mixed perfectly. There were loads of incidents of action and emotion and it is beautiful how it is mixed perfectly. Spiderman needed updating and it did with so much success. The chemistry between Garfield and Stone overshadows Maguire and Dunst. It seems so real and there are rumours that it is.
In today’s industry of remakes, sequels and reboots people may find it annoying for Spiderman to reboot after only a few years since the last one. But it was needed. Spiderman 3 was a critical disaster, Tobey Maguire was aging and the Franchise needed some new blood and this is what this film is. If you love superhero films, spiderman great summer blockbusters full of action, humour and character development. This is a film for you.
Overall- The film may of been unnecessary and I wasn’t interested in this film at all but I took a chance and it blew me away. It’s a breath of fresh air in a dwindling franchise which has been overshadowed by The Avengers and Batman. This is the right direction, all they need is a more brutal and unstoppable Villain and I would like a more dark tone compared to the original. At times it was funny with Spiderman’s cracking funny one liners while fighting but I would like a dark tone because I think that the cast can handle that because Stone and Garfield have great potential to be massive stars. Same Story as the 2002 film but much better, fresher, more action packed, funnier and better cast. Superior to the Original Franchise. I can’t wait for the sequel. I’m looking forward to the Franchise. Great Stan Lee Cameo!!! Stay after the Credits for an post credits scene. Film Rating 8/10