The Social Network

The Social Network ★★★★★

"Private behaviour is a relic of a time gone by, and if somehow, someway, you've managed to live your life like the Dalai Lama, they'll make shit up."

Although this quote is prefaced by the character giving it being called paranoid this play less like the words of a delusional person than a mad prophet, someone who knows that the internet empires being built don't rest on top of the ashes of human interaction as we know it but rather it's the rotting foundation holding the whole damn thing together. Fincher and Sorkin prove to be the perfect combination for the material; Fincher knows exactly when to let Sorkin's dialogue play out in rapid fire, when to coyly mock it, and when to cut it abruptly in favor of visually bold montages accompanied by Trent Rreznor's score. Fincher perfectly structures a rise to power story that shows the lead character's flaws (and how they reflect in the culture he is influenced by and a part of creating) without showing an actual fall from grace. The story of Facebook may not be trying to win back an ex you were scorned by, screwing over a more successful friend you were jealous of, or being bewitched by the charisma of a social parasite but even if it's not, it kinda is. Best of the decade so far.

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