Two years ago, when I first blogged about The Social Network, I poked fun at the notion that a film about Facebook would be “a compelling piece of cinema, a pre-ordained critical darling destined for box office success.” (“Poked” … get it? Didja get it?)
Even with the participation of screenwriter Aaron Sorkin, producer Scott Rudin, musician Trent Reznor and director David Fincher, I was skeptical about how a movie chronicling the founding of Facebook would turn out. Well, not only is The Social Network still my favorite film of 2010, it seems to be everyone’s favorite, earning the top spot on numerous critics’ lists and garnering a shit-ton of award nominations.
On Tuesday, January 11, The Social Network will be released on DVD and Blu-Ray. The two-disc set will be jam-packed with extras, including two commentary tracks, a feature-length documentary (How Did They Ever Make a Movie of Facebook?), and a half-dozen featurettes.
The movie itself is a pure triumph, with solid acting across the board from stars Jesse Eisenberg, Rooney Mara, Andrew Garfield, Armie Hammer, and Justin Timberlake. Sorkin’s masterful screenplay pop and crackles with dialogue reminiscent of classic screwball comedies. Reznor’s score is appropriately haunting, and Fincher brings his trademark visual flair to the proceedings. Seriously, the regatta scene, set to “In The Hall of the Mountain King,” is fucking breathtaking. Check it out below.
If you haven’t seen the film yet, you still have an opportunity to catch it on the big screen (where I saw it twice). On Friday, the film was re-released in about 600 nationwide theaters in an effort to take advantage of all the awards hype and to, maybe, cross the $100 million mark domestically. (The Social Network has grossed $94 million in the US and over $200 million worldwide.)
You can also order The Social Network from Amazon. Or you can be like me and trek to Best Buy the morning of the 11th. Ha!