Average User Score: 8.2Feb 3, 2013This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. To start off the new decade of the new millennium with something that really captures the spirit of the time is pure magic, and that's The Social Network in a nutshell. The 2000s were steeped in irony, from its elected leaders to its technological advances, and The Social Network takes that irony and twists it into a parable for how people interact and come apart. People who cry foul against this film for not being historically accurate obviously miss the point. This isn't the story of Facebook. The story of Facebook is subterfuge, a way to get Aaron Sorkin and David Fincher's moral point across. By telling the story of Facebook, they muse on the comedy of errors that is life.
Mark Zuckerberg as brilliantly played by Jesse Eisenberg is a socially maladroit genius who connects the entire world through the internet. His best friend and later bitter rival Eduardo Saverin (Andrew Garfield) is a businessman who can't grasp the business of the new world. Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss (Armie Hammer and Josh Pence) are nearly stereotypical rich kid jocks who have everything and gain nothing out of their clash with Zuckerberg, and Sean Parker (a surprisingly great Justin Timberlake) is the devil in Prada seducing Mark into a world of money, fame, and women only to be revealed for the inhaler-dependent reprobate that he is. Philosophically, technically, and pretty much in every other way, The Social Network is a near-perfect film. I say nearly perfect because the inability for the characters to realize their own foibles can get cloying at times, but that's a very minor nitpick. The acting, the directing, the cinematography, and especially the writing are all top-notch, and The Social Network instantly became my favorite film of 2010 and one of my favorite films of all time.
A definite 10. If you haven't seen it, see it as soon as you can.… Expand
Average User Score: 7.4Jan 12, 2013This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. First of all I should say that Les Miserables, the stage musical, is one of my favorites and I had VERY high expectations for this film. I'm happy to say that they were met. Hugh Jackman was awesome, as was Russell Crowe. Amanda Seyfried really surprised me, as did Eddie Redmayne and Samantha Barks. Sadly, I wasn't too crazy for Sacha Baron Cohen, who seemed too comedic and out of place. Helena Bonham Carter was... well... like she is in every other film.
Then there was Anne Hathaway... any flaws that the film had were completely eradicated by her performance. She appears in the film for barely 20 minutes, and she still steals the show. Any doubts of Anne's acting abilities should be gone after seeing this film. She is the heart of the film, and I dare you not to cry during her perfect rendition of I Dreamed A Dream.
Overall, a great musical, a great film, and a great experience. I can't wait to get it on Blu-ray.… Expand