First and foremost, I hate PG-13 movies. Especially ones that easily could have been rated R and been that much better, but this movie easily gets a pass. I get it, you make the movie PG-13 to make more money in the theaters so its more accessible to the under 17 crowd. If you’re under 17 and don’t know any strategies on how to get into a rated R movie you just need to step your game up.
What can be said about this movie that nearly every critic has not already said? The movie is just incredible, straight up. When I saw the preview for it this summer, I was immediately hooked. I then saw that David Fincher was directing it and that was the ringer for me. Fincher, a man of MANY classics such as Seven, The Game, Fight Club, has done it yet again with this movie bringing his dark, grainy signature look to a movie about the biggest internet phenomenon of our generation, Facebook.
The movie is extremely dialogue heavy and you really need to pay attention to grasp everything that is going on but once you get the initial gist of it, you just do not want the movie to end nor do you know when or how it is going to do so.
One thing I found very interesting about the movie is the fact or fiction aspect of it. This is NOT the true story of how Facebook came to be, merely bits and pieces of it with fiction thrown in to add that flare that makes the movie interesting. Some names are the names of the real people involved, and some are not. Case in point, Justin Timberlake plays Sean Parker, the founder of Napster. Truth is, the founder of Napster was Shawn Fanning. Why his name was changed in the movie and Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerburgs name was actually used is a mystery (I actually never looked it up to see why but feel free to look it up and comment. Some blogger I am, eh?) but I would imagine he didn’t want his name to be used. Was Shawn Fanning even involved in the early development of Facebook? Or was that just added in by famed wrtier Aaron Sorkin for depth? Fanning was the internet “it” kid for a while, single-handedly changing the music business forever with one computer program, so why not throw him in there? All in all the movie is just a home run of monumental proportions and I will for sure be buying it when it comes out.
As the movie started, my friend Zack and I saw on the opening credits that Trent Reznor, of Nine Inch Nails fame, and Atticus Ross, famed music producer and right hand man to Reznor, handled the score themselves. I found that to be very interesting and paid closer attention to the score than I normally would. Absolutely phenomenal is the only way to describe it. I am listening to it right now as I am typing this blog and this would be my second g0-round listening to it today. If you ever listened to the Fight Club soundtrack, a masterpiece put together by The Dust Brothers and took a liking to it, you will love this soundtrack. Only available in digital format for the time being, it is the perfect midday music to listen to while doing stuff around the house, or possibly even having some hot sex after a drunken night, the possibilities are endless. One thing is for sure, the score is the perfect compliment to Finchers visuals and Sorkins writing. Go see this movie immediately if you have not done so already, it is worth every bit of the $10.