Saturday, October 16, 2010
sammy glick, updated
The near-perfect David Fincher-Aaron Sorkin collaboration, "The Social Network," works essentially as a probing, precient and very ironic filmic essay detailing the decline in social graces in the wake of the so-called social-media advances of Facebook. Jesse Eisenberg (above and below), in an inarguable breakthrough performance as Mark Zuckerberg, anchors a top-flight male ensemble - Justin Timberlake (below with Eisenberg), Andrew Garfield, Armie Hammer (times two) and Max Minghella - that's bathed in the noir-ish cinematography of Jeff Cronenweth, the eclectic, driving music score by Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross and the rhythms of Sorkin's rapid-fire and hugely articulate dialogue. The film is compulsively watchable - a keeper, an instant classic, this year's Oscar favorite.