The Social Network

The Social Network ★★★★½

Something I've begun to pick up on Fincher's style that makes him so appealing: He can take a dialogue-driven screenplay from Sorkin and make it feel incredibly trimmed down. There are dozens of instances where a character responds with a simple physical action rather than through exposition -- Mark shrugging at passing up on Microsoft's offer, Uardo's nod of indifference to Mark downplaying his bid to the final club, etc.

Fincher's work is largely over two hours long (and this one is right at that mark), just like Nolan's films. However, the latter is typically criticized for his bloated run times whereas Fincher's work is typically lauded for its direct, concise editing. He gets these sprawling narratives produced in the densest way possible, leading to their increased longevity.

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