Talk about one hell of a first review.
Thanks to Scott Foundas (who, full disclosure, is on the selection committee for the 2010 New York Film Festival, where the soon to be mentioned film will find its premiere), we have our first review of the upcoming David Fincher (The Curious Case of Benjamin Button) film, The Social Network, and to call it a rave review is putting this loving prose lightly.
Here’s an excerpt from the review:
“David Fincher’s The Social Network is big and brash and brilliant’¦It is nominally the story of the founding of Facebook, yes, and how something that began among friends quickly descended into acrimony and litigation once billions of dollars were at stake. But just as All the President’s Men’”a seminal film for Fincher and a huge influence on his Zodiac’”was less interested by the Watergate case than by its zeitgeist-altering ripples, so too is The Social Network devoted to larger patterns of meaning. It is a movie that sees how any social microcosm, if viewed from the proper angle, is no different from another’”thus the seemingly hermetic codes of Harvard University become the foundation for a global online community that is itself but a reflection of the all-encompassing high-school cafeteria from which we can never escape. And it owes something to The Great Gatsby, too, in its portrait of a self-made outsider marking his territory in the WASP jungle.”
That’s just some of what can best be described as an over the moon piece from Film Comment. Personally, while I don’t know if I trust the review completely (knowing Foundas’ semi bias here), having actually read the screenplay, I can say that this film will more than likely shock many people who actually give it the time of day. It’s one hell of a brilliant piece of writing, and while the idea of a Facebook movie may be a little silly, and it will more than likely turn many people off, this thing is going to be one hell of fantastic film.
Well, this is indeed one way to start the buzz train going.
Source: Awards Daily