They'll call it a film that defines a generation, and it's hard to tell whether or not that's a good thing. With The Social Network, director David Fincher and screenwriter Aaron Sorkin turn some fairly dry, nerdy content about fairly dry, nerdy characters into one of the must-see films of the year, and they don't waste any time getting right to it. The film opens with what will go down as one of the great break-up scenes of all time, and from there Fincher rides Sorkin's hilariously addictive script like a wild bull at a rodeo. It moves fast like a manic internet surfer, and it never really lets you catch your breath. It's a film about connecting, except you won't really connect with anyone. After all, this is a generation that has more virtual friends than real-life friends. You know ... on Facebook.
This is an emotionless generation; one taught that it's much better to sue than get your cry on. It's a generation that wants to make more money than its neighbor; to think with numbers rather than emotion. A generation that needs it all right now at their fingertips, and anything less just isn't good enough. They're spoiled and they're hard to sympathize with, but they're changing the world one megabyte at a time and it's kinda fun to watch. So is The Social Network.
With a lot of help from Sorkin's (potentially Oscar-worthy) script, David Fincher has crafted his most humorous film since Fight Club. It's a lot more accessible and relatable than his 1999 wickedly dark dramedy, though, and during an awards season that may be packed with bizarre psychological head-trips and horrific, stomach-churning set pieces, The Social Network -- with its built-in audience of 500 million-plus -- may creep to the top of the pack as a certifiable fan favorite.