I recently had an opportunity to see the final cut of David Fincher's new film, "The Social Network," and although a full-scale review is still embargoed, I've been given the go-ahead to at least share a few initial thoughts with you today.
"The Social Network" represents the very best of both Aaron Sorkin and David Fincher, a combination I never would have expected to see. Sorkin has always been such a humanist, and Fincher has always seemed to me to be (in the best possible way) an emotional terrorist. Together, what they've crafted is emotionally intense, surprisingly funny, and genuinely significant. This is an astounding film about one of the most important seismic shifts in communication in the modern age, and the way innovation and ethics are not often related.
It's also a simple story about the artistic process, and the way it almost always returns to the same root: the drive for validation. That last image of Zuckerberg in the film... it's haunting. It almost redeems him.
I'll be honest... I wasn't expecting to be hit emotionally the way I was. I was part of a company that I believed I had a stake in, and something happened where several of the partners played a restructuring game with the stock. I did my best to move on without becoming bitter or litigious, and I thought I'd set all of that behind me. The moment where Eduardo realizes what's happened to him, though, pretty much punched a fresh hole in me, and I spent a few days after seeing the movie struggling to deal with a profound fresh anger over the entire situation. The movie perfectly nails the dynamic in these situations, and I can see why Sony has fallen in love with Andrew Garfield.