Saturday night, we went on a date night sans kids! We went to see The Social Network, a film written by Aaron Sorkin and directed by David Fincher. I normally would not at all be interested in watching a film about a social-networking website like Facebook. As this film received a lot of buzz and good early reviews, we were intrigued. Why not, you know?
We elected to drop off the kids, catch the earlier 7:40pm show in Freehold using some AMC tickets previously purchased at BJ’s. [Note: At BJ’s this week, we found a deal for 4 AMC movie tickets plus a small popcorn, all for $37. Figured that’s a decent savings, so we used two for this movie. Next movie, we’ll use the popcorn certificate.] I was initially worried about getting seats, but we got to our smack-dab-in-the-middle seats with time to catch the movie. We don’t usually catch a film this early in the evening. Being an earlier showing, the movie theater slowly filled up with groups of loud “teenagers” making a lot of noise.
Oh, I’m sorry, did I say teenagers? I meant 60 and 70-year old senior citizens, but they acted like teenagers. They entered in large groups, talking loudly (“Hey Bernie!”), making a lot of noise, talking loudly, and there was one couple seated behind us having a fight. Do people truly regress as they get older? I’m starting to believe it.
The film itself was very good. It was less about the internet and web startups, and more an interesting character study about smart people butting heads as Facebook was born. It features an excellent features an ensemble cast — Jesse Eisenberg, Andrew Garfield, Justin Timberlake, Brenda Song, Max Minghella, Rooney Mara, Rashida Jones, and Armie Hammer. I liked the film, and Aaron Sorkin doesn’t answer the question whether he thought who was right or wrong. It’s up to the audience to form their own opinions, but I thought there was a plenty of douchery to go around.