(Bonus post! Don’t worry, it’s all back to games after this.)
“How was the movie?”
“The Facebook movie.”
“Uh, it’s pretty good, but immediately smacks you in the face with Sorkin dialogue.”
“As in Aaron Sorkin?”
“No, as in one of the many other famous Sorkins working on the film.”
I actually enjoyed the quick and cutting dialogue that is Aaron Sorkin’s brand – it is the very fine spine of this film. But the few nitpicks I have tend to emanate from his work. There is an implied immorality that seeps into everything he writes and that’s not a political thing.
Then there’s the accuracy. Even if you can enjoy the ‘dramatised’ parts of the storyline, when audience investment is so heavily rooted in the ‘based on a true story’ label, you can’t help but feel betrayed when you come to separate the fact from fiction.
Despite a premise we all scoffed at, Facebook: The Movie turned out to be a pretty good film. It has good writing, good acting, good music, it’s well shot and it does not waste your time. Between Inception and Scott Pilgrim vs. The World, this trend of quickened pace is more than welcome.
Let’s just hope it doesn’t win any Oscars or those awards might actually gain some credibility.
Ben Affleck’s The Town is sort of the opposite of The Social Network. The premise and the story are good and have a lot of potential, but there’s poor execution on every front. Including some of the worst editing I’ve ever seen in a motion picture.
It’s too long, it drags on scenes that don’t matter, it succumbs to so much cliché that it makes the ending feel forced, while skipping intriguing possibilities with the tattoo or Jon Hamm’s interesting and woefully underused character.
The gunfights don’t usually make much sense, and for a film that seems to want to be Michael Mann’s Heat – they are some of the quietest gunshots you’ve ever heard. On the positive side there is one cool car (or ‘cah’ in that Boston accent) chase that felt like it was ripped straight out of Grand Theft Auto IV.
Despite my many complaints, The Town is not a terrible film. It’s just not a good one. The few positives can’t outweigh the flawed mediocrity that isn’t worth spending two hours of your life on.