Luciano Moniz’s review published on Letterboxd:
I remember my feeling after watching The Social Network for the first time a couple of years ago. When the movie finished, I thought it was a really energetic cinematic experience with good acting, fast-paced dialogue and a very competent work by David Fincher. Moreover, I recall that, at that time, I described this movie as a fine example of the new age filmmaking and a nice portrayal of the digital era. But, at the end, it was a good film, and that was about it.
This year, I watched for the second time The Social Network. And you know what? I was f#@!ing blind. As soon as the end credits appeared, I realized that this film is, now, one of my favorites of all time. Now, there's a funny thing, which I believe I'm not the only one who thinks in this way. To tell the truth, I don't care about the history of Facebook. So, how the hell I loved this film?
There are many factors, and I will talk about them, but a major and undeniable one is Aaron Sorkin's masterful script. With his long and brilliantly written dialogue, he makes everything intriguing, despite the unstoppable talking by the characters. The thing is, if he just started writing too technical conversations, everything would be unbearably tedious and monotonous. It isn't. Because Sorkin, through dialogue, gives a certain compelling personality to his characters. With that, they sound cool people to hear. They're witty and engaging.
Yeah, because The Social Networki is a good drama, but it's a funny film too. There are very laughable moments here, and they weren't necessary, but they exist just to make the experience even more exciting.
But it's not just the fast talking that makes the experience electrifying. Kirk Baxter and Angus Wall's editing helps it too. The movie never loses its rhythm. And, obviously, we can't forget the music by Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross, which, combined with the speed of the actors speaking, makes the scenes even more alive.
The performances are stunning. The actors do a fantastic job uttering the dialogue. They give a credible and distinct personality to their characters. They aren't just robots speaking really fast. We believe that these people are actually saying those things.
Jesse Eisenberg as Mark Zuckerberg does a fantastic job, embodying with credibility the young billionaire and giving a complex personality to him, like the fact that he has trouble in socialize, finding a way to by creating Facebook. It's incredible how the first scene of the movie introduces perfectly the protagonist. This wouldn't be possible without the presence of Rooney Mara. Although she appears in the film just two or three times, she delivers a memorable performance.
Another actor who is absolutely brilliant is Andrew Garfield. He makes the most dramatic performance of the film, and, in the strongest moments, he gives a show. It was idiotic the fact that he wasn't nominated for an Academy Award.
It's pretty ironic to watch Justin Timberlake as the cofounder of the free file-sharing service for music that is Napster. But he does a really good performance as Sean Parker. Armie Hammer, Josh Pence and Max Minghella also deserve praise.
Now, David Fincher's direction is phenomenal. He was capable to create a fully immersive atmosphere, where the audience enters in that new connected universe and feel all the tension between the characters.
Fincher made a great American movie about ambition and this new era of globalization. It's an outstanding example of contemporary cinema done with excellence. The Social Network is a near-perfect movie. And all of this wouldn't be possible without Aaron Sorkin's script. But you know what? Before it all happened, he had already written a masterpiece on paper.