The Social Network brings to mind Zodiac, also directed by David Fincher: a boring film that has no conclusion. It did, however, have a thrilling back story, gorgeous seventies detail and hey, Robert Downey Jr. Sadly, The Social Network has no such merits. It is simply a boring film that has no conclusion.
The subject matter is woefully slight – namely, the creation of Facebook and the lawsuits surrounding it. Yes, I know. ZZZZZZzzzzzzzzzz……. Last stop Snoozeville Central. It is subject matter deserving of a TV movie shown on Five on a weekday afternoon. But this one’s made by an A-list writer, an A-list director, a cast that can act, and $40 mill behind them.
Rich privileged kids are just not interesting. They are hopelessly uncool and have no edge. The law suits are painfully dull. Sadly, we don’t hear a single “Objection, Your Honour!” I’m half-joking. It’s not even a courtroom. There is no judge, just legal teams facing off, and Jessie Eisenberg (Mark Zuckerberg) mumbling supposedly funny lines while looking distracted in a supposedly “multi-layered” (make that oscar-nominated) performance. Just to burst another bubble, he’s exactly the same as he is in Zombieland and The Squid and the Whale (far superior flicks, by the way) and any other time he’s opened his mouth infront of a camera.
Basically, I only went because it’s important to me that I see every Best Picture nominee. I wasn’t even expecting that much. I just hadn’t anticipated two hours of such soul-destroying tedium. At one point Justin Timberlake (Sean Parker) says “you know what is cool? A billion dollars”. Made me think, you know what is cool? Fight Club or Se7en. Obviously, Fincher shouldn’t take all the blame The brilliant Aaron Sorkin has given a miraculous polish to a turd of an idea.
Don’t believe the hype.