Ladies and gentlemen, I give you the first lock for Best Picture Nomination…. “The Social Network”.  It’s the story of Facebook and its founder, Mark Zuckerberg, directed by David Fincher (“Seven”,”Fight Club”) and written by Aaron Sorkin of “West Wing” fame.  His knack for rapid fire dialogue, evident in  the opening scene featuring Mara Rooney ( the new “Girl with the Dragon Tattoo”) as Zuckerberg’s girl, will seriously challenge those with even a touch of ADD.  Jesse Eisenberg is just the person to cast when it comes to edgy, fast talking, intelligent characters (“The Squid and the Whale”, “Adventureland”).   He has the difficult task of making an allegedly unlikable genius a semi-sympathetic character.  Fincher captures the zeitgeist of the start of the Facebook Era with a sure hand, getting fine performances from all including Andrew Garfield (the future Spiderman, currently seen in the art film “Never Let Me Go”) playing Facebook co-founder Eduardo Saverin, Justin Timberlake as Napster founder Sean Parker, and Armie Hammer playing twins, Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss ( thanks to digital trickery).  The structure of  the film is a couple of legal depositions, surrounding the suits brought by Saverin and the Winkle-vi (to quote Zuckerberg), interlaced with the dramatization of the site’s creation. The film is full of humor but the feeling one gets is “buckle-up”, this is going to be one insane ride to success by a truly gifted mind (with a touch of Asberger’s, OCD?).  My advice…” Friend” it.

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