When forming a list of films to watch out for come Oscar season, it’d be hard to ignore putting David Fincher’s The Social Network on the list. Judging from the trailer, it looks like a highly well done and rather intense portrayal of the creation of Facebook. The first review for the film has now gone online Film critic Scott Foundas has posted a review of the film on the New York Film Festival’s website. Foundas gives the film a very positive review, saying:
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.
For more quotes from Foundas’s review, hit the jump. The Social Network will make its world premiere as the opening night film of the New York Film Festival on September 24th. It opens nationwide on October 1st.
Foundas is quick to praise nearly ever aspect of the film from the acting to the story to the overall construction of the film. Here are some excerpts from his review:
This is very rich material for a movie on such timeless subjects as power and privilege, and such intrinsically 21st-century ones as the migration of society itself from the real to the virtual sphere—and David Fincher’s The Social Network is big and brash and brilliant enough to encompass them all.
The writing is razor-sharp and rarely makes a wrong step, compressing a time-shifting, multi-character narrative into two lean hours, and, perhaps most impressively, digests its big ideas into the kind of rapid-fire yet plausible dialogue that sounds like what hyper computer geeks might actually say (or at least wish they did): Quentin Tarantino crossed with Bill Gates.
Let’s hope this first review indicates what other reviews will say in the weeks to come.