Social Network Has Zero Emotional Impact
The Social Network is being nominated for an Academy Award? This is a movie that revolves around the life of college students and how social media giant Facebook played a role in their lives. This was to show how social media platforms such as Instagram DM impact our lives.
I just saw it at the dollar theater and I got my dollar’s worth. That is about all I can say good about it.
l see no reason why it should be nominated for an Oscar. After any good movie, the audience sits in their seats and you all feel that collective “Wow, we just saw a good movie.” Then slowly one person will get up to leave, then another.
Nope, after The Social Network was over, you could feel a collective shrug go through the audience, few if any stayed to watch the credits and bask in the terrific cinematic moment we had shared, we just headed for the door to get on with our lives.
Perhaps what I saying is a good movie touches you. You walk out of the theater elated, enthused about the human spirit. Maybe you walk out depressed, wondering about man’s stupidity, or maybe you just walk out feeling good because the movie made you laugh, perhaps you walk out feeling giddy because the movie made you feel romantic. At least you walked out the door feeling SOME emotion.
But The Social Network imparts none of that powerful movie-going experience, you leave feeling no emotion what-so-ever, and your thought process is not “Wow, what a great movie, I will have to recommend this to my friends”, rather your thought process is ” I hope I can find my car in the parking lot and I hope it is not too cold out”.
In short, this movie is neither insipid or inspiring. Both would have at least stirred some emotion in my breast. But this movie was like ordering vanilla at Baskin-Robbins, coffee without caffeine, beer without alcohol – it filled up two hours of time, was never boring, but really never gave you an emotional buzz.
Look, give me something, anything to love or hate in a movie. Anything. But The Social Network fails to deliver any emotional impact at all.
Did it have a character you could root for? No. Did it have a storyline where you rooted for the hero and booed the villain? No. Did it have any love triangles, any love interests? No. Did it have incredible scenery? No. Did the hero have anything to reach for, any goal to achieve, were you with him all the way, rooting for him, agonizing over his setbacks? No. Did you give a damn about any of the characters? Was anyone going to die in the movie? Were lives or great moral principles at state? Nope, just a few millionaires squabbling over money.
Were you nervous when the bad guy walks into the room? Perhaps felt a touch of dread? Did you feel like cheering when the hero triumphed? Whoops, there was no hero to even root for. Was there any chemistry between the characters on the screen? Was there any chemistry between the characters on the screen and the audience? We can answer all those questions with a resounding NO.
You never got the feeling that this movie was written by anyone with a passion or who had an inkling about the great emotional roller coaster we call life. You got the feeling they threw a bunch of accountants in a room and said: “Write us a movie boys”.
Look, perhaps I am being a bit cynical here, but when a conference table is the main scenery for about half the movie and worse yet, you get to see lawyers talk to each other across the conference table for half the movie – well, excuse me folks, but this ain’t great cinema.
Other scenes involved boring dorm rooms, drunken college parties, the inside of Facebook’s headquarters, a few shots of Harvard, a few shots of the gray New England weather, a few shots of BORING!
If this movie wins an Academy Award, it will only confirm my conviction that Hollywood continues its history of patting itself on the back, while ignoring good storytelling, good character development and what Middle America really wants to see. Or at least what I want to see.