First Review for David Fincher’s ‘The Social Network’ is Full of Praise

Weeks before David Fincher’s The Social Network is set to premiere at the New York Film Festival, former L.A. Weekly contributor and NYFF associate director Scott Foundas has come out with a rave review of the film. In a lengthy review/philosophical musing posted on the NYFF’s Film Comment website Foundas says that the film is rife with suspense and challenges the modern day notions of friendship and isolation. He goes on to say that the film is among David Fincher’s best work:

Lest I seem to suggest otherwise, I hasten to add that The Social Network is splendid entertainment from a master storyteller, packed with energetic incident and surprising performances (not least from Justin Timberlake as Napster founder Sean Parker, who’s like Zuckerberg’s flamboyant, West Coast id). It is a movie of people typing in front of computer screens and talking in rooms that is as suspenseful as any more obvious thriller. But this is also social commentary so perceptive that it may be regarded by future generations the way we now look to Gatsby for its acute distillation of Jazz Age decadence. There is, in all of Fincher’s work, an outsider’s restlessness that chafes at the intractable rules of “polite” society and naturally aligns itself with characters like the journalist refusing to abandon the case in Zodiac and Edward Norton’s modern-day Dr. Jekyll in Fight Club. (It is also, I would argue, what makes the undying-love mawkishness of The Curious Case of Benjamin Button seem particularly insincere.) So The Social Network offers a despairing snapshot of society at the dawn of the 21st century, so advanced, so “connected,” yet so closed and constrained by all the centuries-old prejudices and preconceptions about how our heroes and villains are supposed to look, sound, and act. For Mark Zuckerberg has arrived, and yet still seems unsettled and out of place (as anyone who witnessed his painfully awkward 60 Minutes interview two years back can attest).

Foundas’ opinion may be slightly influenced by the fact that The Social Network is opening the New York Film Festival and Foundas is acting as associate director of said festival, but his praise for the film is well-articulated and seemingly genuine. Consensus won’t be reached until a wider demographic of critics have had the opportunity to see the film, but for now this buzz is definitely positive.

Read the full review and let me know what you think. Does The Social Network get a big boost?

[Source: Living in Cinema]

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  • I haven’t seen anything from the film that would lead me to believe it’s anything by a great movie, so consider me there opening weekend.

  • Uh oh! Timberlake Oscar Buzz, could that really happen?

  • No, please, not Timberlake.

    Unlike Duncan i hadn’t seen anything that would lead me to believe it would be a great movie, but this review got me hyped. Now I need to see it.

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