The Social Network (2010)

socialDirector: David Fincher

Writer: Aaron Sorkin (Screenplay) Ben Mezrich (Book)

Starring: Jesse Eisenberg, Andrew Garfield, Justin Timberlake, Armie Hammer, Max Minghella, Josh Pence, Rashida Jones, Rooney Mara

 

Plot: Harvard student Mark Zuckerberg creates the social networking site that would become known as Facebook, but is later sued by two brothers who claimed he stole their idea, and the co-founder who was later squeezed out of the business.

 

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Overrated and Hard Work

 

Story: The Social Network starts as we meet Mark Zuckerberg (Eisenberg) on a date with Erica Albright (Mara) showing how socially awkward he can be during his time Harvard. Upset about the break up Mark with his friend Eduardo Saverin (Garfield) Dustin Moskovitz (Mazzello) and Chris Hughes (Mapel) create a comparing girls photos on a website that spread through Harvard instantly bringing down the servers.

This night’s events cause Zuckerberg on front of a disciplinary panel as well as showing us the ongoing court case going on against Zuckerberg. His stunt has grab the attention of the Winklevoss twins Cameron and Tyler (Hammer playing both) who want Zuckerberg to help them with their big idea.

The story continues to show Mark works with Winklevoss twins only to use their idea to build his own site The Facebook. When the site takes off it grabs the attention of founder of Napster Sean Parker (Timberlake) who wants to take the site from Millions to Trillions. This is the story of how Facebook ends up becoming one of the biggest things the world has ever seen.

 

Thoughts on The Social Network

 

StoryThe story shows us how Facebook was built by making enemies with the people who helped start it going by borrowing ideas to make it the biggest sites in the world. We get plenty of business talk, tech talk and lawyer scenes which mix up the story for us making it difficult to understand everything that goes on because most of the story is very American, so if you don’t understand the terms you will find yourself lost in the mix. I feel this will always be a complex story that will be remember but is told very slow and confusingly.

Biography/DramaShowing the actions of the real-life people involved Mark Zuckerberg, Eduardo Saverin, the Winklevoss twins and Sean Porter show how they were all effected by what happened with the creation of Facebook which is all good as we see how these people were meant to be acting towards making this happen. There is nothing bad to say about this side of the story watching the genre.

Characters/PerformanceThe performances are nearly all flawless as we see just how these people are portrayed, we see how Zuckerberg comes off very brash arrogant and rude towards the people who help him. When you see the cast being involved you can see how the stars have started and come onto the next big things.

SettingsEach setting makes us see just how much a party incident this started as which would be where the idea started but the most important side of this is showing how it started with dorm room before turning into the business venture in a tower.

Final Thoughts Overall this is a very interesting look at how Facebook started even if the story can be hard to follow. We get heavyweight performances from all but the early stages of the film come off slow but the final acts of the film are the real highlights of the film.

 

Overall: Great performance, important story but at times tells a story we don’t need to know.

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Trolls (2016)

trollsDirector: Walt Dohrn, Mike Mitchell

Writer: Jonathan Aibel, Glenn Berger, Erica Rivinoja (Screenplay) Thomas Dam (Good Luck Trolls)

Starring: (Voice Talents) Anna Kendrick, Justin Timberlake, Zooe Deschanel, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Christine Baranski, Russell Brand, Gwen Stefani

 

Plot: After the Bergens invade Troll Village, Poppy, the happiest Troll ever born, and the curmudgeonly Branch set off on a journey to rescue her friends.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Simple Animated Story

 

Story: Trolls starts with the Trolls living a happy life but the Bergens discover them and learn that eating a troll will make them happy. On the grand day of Prince Gristle is to be feed his first troll the Trolls escape to rebuild their society.

20 years later Princess Poppy continues the stories of how they escaped and continue to be positive with single and dancing but on troll Branch doesn’t believe they will ever be safe from the Bergens.

When the Bergens find the trolls Princess Poppy must team up with Branch to save the taken trolls from the Bergen and save the day.

 

Thoughts on Trolls

 

StoryThe story feels like it could just be another episode of the Smurfs really because it is about a small group of creatures Trolls that get taken by bigger creatures Bergens that want to eat them. Everything that goes on through the is generic with the reluctant hero having to work with the overly cheerful character to beat a villain that is using the royal figure to get what they want. This all works for keeping things simple without being anything overly original.

Animation/Comedy/Family/MusicalThe animation is all good and works for the world of toy trolls but the comedy misses on most levels but would work for the young audience. I don’t feel this has enough for all ages but the musical songs used will bring back memories for the fans of the music of people’ youths.

Characters/PerformancePoppy is your typical heroine for this style of film plucky and over ambitious while Branch is your reluctant hero. The villains all come off like Gargamel from Smurfs while the others feel like mis-lead over the years. The choice of Kendrick and Timberlake in the lead singer characters does work because know they are great singers.

SettingsThe settings all would be what you would expect from the world of Trolls with nothing else coming off too exceptional.

Final ThoughtsThis is a good film to stick on for the kids to enjoy but otherwise it will be hard to get through.

 

Overall: Easy to watch kids distraction film.

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Inside Llewyn Davis (2013)

logoDirector: Ethan Coen, Joel Coen

Writer: Ethan Coen, Joel Coen (Screenplay)

Starring: Oscar Isaac, Carey Mulligan, Justin Timberlake, Ethan Philips, Robin Bartlett, Max Casella, Jerry Grayson, Jeanine Serralles, Adam Driver, Stark Sands, John Goodman, Garrett Hedlund

 

Plot: Follow a week, in the life of a young fold singer as he navigates the Greenwich Village fold scene of 1961. Guitar in tow, huddled against the unforgiving New York winter, he is struggling to make it as a musician against seemingly insurmountable obstacles, some of them of his own making.

 

Verdict: Nice Musical Drama

 

Story: Just following that one week in Llewyn struggling career as a folk singer, we see him crash at different people’s houses where he has connections but doesn’t seem to make many friends. He has made mistakes which have left him on the path of destruction where people just know he always wants something from them. He also has to decide what he wants next in his life when he starts to figure out his music career might not take off as planned. The story is very easy to follow and enjoyable watching how he acts like he just wants his career to take off but never seems to put too much into but also watching him deal with a personal loss could have taken that away from him. (8/10)

 

Actor Reviews

 

Oscar Isaac: Llewyn Davis the folk singer trying to hit the big time, all along trying desperately to hold onto friendships he has pushed away from him. He also struggles to keep a cat in his control while trying to return it to its home. Good performance from Oscar stepping up to lead role all along having a solid singer voice. (9/10)

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Carey Mulligan: Jean a friend and ex-lover with a secret from her new boyfriend, she has a strong hate for Llewyn but also cares for him. Good supporting role. (8/10)

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John Goodman: Roland Turner joins Llewyn on the road trip talks a lot but really doesn’t get along with Llewyn. Good small support role. (7/10)

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Director Review: Ethan Coen, Joel Coen – Good direction to create an interesting story that really has touching moments in. (8/10)

 

Drama: Good use of everyday issues to keep the story rolling showing the struggle of the musician. (9/10)

Music: Good music throughout and everyone involved in the singing has a good voice. (9/10)

Settings: Each setting adds to the story showing how difficult it was to make it in the music industry. (9/10)

Suggestion: I think people should watch this but I do feel that the subject matter may make it hard for the more casual fans to really enjoy. (Give It A Go)

 

Best Part: The cat overriding story.

Worst Part: It won’t be everyone’s cup of tea.

Funniest Scene: The cat escaping.

Believability: Seems accurate to how the music industry was once. (8/10)

Chances of Tears: No (0/10)

Chances of Sequel: No

Post Credits Scene: No

 

Oscar Chances: Nominated for 2 Oscars

Box Office: $32,935,319

Budget: $11 Million

Runtime: 1 Hour 45 Minutes

 

Overall: Good Music Drama That Shows The Struggle

Rating 89

In Time (2011)

Director: Andrew Niccol

Writer: Andrew Niccol

Starring: Justin Timberlake, Amanda Seyfried, Cillian Murphy, Shyloh Oostwald, Johnny Galecki, Colin Mcgurk, Olivia Wilde, Matt Bomer,

 

Story In the not too distant future aging stops at 25 years. Once you hit 25 years old you are given one more year all the rest you have to earn. Our hero Will (Timberlake) works daily too earns enough money for himself and his mother Rachel (Wilde) to get by. One day after work Will goes for a casual drink with his friend Borel (Galecki), Will ends up saving Henry Hamilton (Bomer) who has a century of time clocked up.

 

The morning after Will wakes up to find Henry gone and that he know has all his time. Looking out the window he see Henry, as his time is about to run out. That evening Will is due to meet his mother only to miss that chance and his mothers time runs out. Unhappy with what happens Will goes to the rich part of town where he meets Sylvia (Seyfried) daughter of one of the wealthily men alive, even after Raymond (Murphy) comes to arrest Will for stealing time Sylvia is still interested in helping Will. Will and Sylvia escape from the police and go on a Bonnie and Clyde like journey of stealing time from the rich and giving it too the poor.

 

Verdict This sci-fi action thriller is filled with everything from car chases to a forbidden love. The way the rich have life easy compared to the people that make the basic things tick is a good comparison to real life. The whole stop aging at 25 is a good way to get a younger cast of good-looking stars, Timberlake, Seyfried, Wilde. Have Olivia Wilde playing Justin Timberlake mum is clever way of using this. Most fans of the sci-fi genre will enjoy this movie.

 

Story Mark 8/10 Good story with comparisons to real life

 

Action Mark 8/10 Solid but basic action scenes more into the avoiding conflict than causing it.

 

Character Development Mark 8/10 Learning about Will is done well, a little more on Sylvia and Raymond would have been nice touch.

 

Romantic Chemistry Mark 9/10 Will and Sylvia have a spark that drives their actions.

 

Star Performances Justin Timberlake looks like he has been acting for years.

 

Favourite Character Raymond old fashion cop in a modern environment.

 

Least Favourite Character Borel gets given time but wastes it.

 

Best Part Couple of time running out chase scenes

 

Worst Part It is basically Bonnie and Clyde in the sci-fi genre

 

Fun Trivia Even thought Olivia Wilde plays Justin Timberlake’s mum he is actually three years older than her.

 

My Rating 84%