The Social Network ★★★★★

I think this movie is perfect. Its internal logic is flawless, the story functions flawlessly, and both of those things are held up by some of the most compelling dialogue I’ve ever heard. 

All of the performances are great, and Jesse Eisenberg is probably in his best role. Everything is directly related to theme, and the most fascinating part of the movie, the social maneuvering, is a direct component of that, which I find fascinating. 

These things together are what create an emotional reaction to The Social Network. The writing is whip crack smart, the direction is biting and at the same time emanates a palpable warmth, and the performances come together to create a moving picture of what seems more real than actual reality. And best of all, it remains infinitely accessible to a modern audience, unlike the undeniably masterful work of Orson Welles or Akira Kurosawa.

This is filmmaking at its finest.

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