Let me tell you about two little movies that I saw this past weekend. The first is The Social Network, which most people have been calling "the Facebook movie" because well, that's what the movie is about. The other movie I just had to see is Let Me In, which is actually a remake of a Swedish sleeper hit called Let the Right One In.
The Social Network
The movie is all about the legal issues surrounding who really came up with Facebook. Jesse Eisenberg plays Mark Zuckerberg--who is the guy who created Facebook, as far as the majority of the public is concerned. Eisenberg is compelling in his portrayal as Zuckerberg, the youngest self-made billionaire in the world.
A great supporting cast including Rooney Mara, Armie Hammer, Brenda Song, Andrew Garfield and Justin Timberlake really make this movie come alive, as it is mostly witty dialect and computer programming jargon.
This movie sparked some heated discussion among my friends; one even contemplated deleting his FB account (but hasn't yet). You get an insider's POV of how the most popular social networking site came about, and you might not like what you see. But overall, it is geniously acted and backhandedly funny. And yes, Justin Timberlake (as Sean Parker--founder of Napster) is great.
--Armie Hammer plays both Cameron Winklevoss and his twin Tyler Winklevoss with help by actor Josh Pence--heads were superimposed and whatnot.
--Rooney Mara is going to play Lisbeth Salander when The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo is released in 2011, which is also directed by David Fincher.
--Andrew Garfield is going to be the next Spiderman.
--My hubby and I ran into Jesse Eisenberg's aunt and grandma coming out of the theater. They wanted to make sure we weren't talking sh*t about his movie, lol.
You will leave this movie feeling sorry for Eduardo Saverin (you can Facebook him), maybe a bit peeved at Zuckerberg, and definitely contemplating if you can come up with the next best thing in social networking.
I give this:
♥ ♥ ♥ ♥
Let Me In
If you've read my movie review of Kick Ass then you would know just how much I love Chloe Moretz.
This remake is about a tortured and bullied middle school boy (Owen) in 1980s New Mexico who befriends a girl (Abby) who recently moves into his apartment complex. The movie is very dark and filmed in an awkwardly scary manner. For instance, you never see the complete face of Owen's mother, which is kind of eerie.
The movie is a bit slow, and I'd say it's more of a love story than a horror flick, but that doesn't mean it isn't creepy. The young actors Moretz and Kodi Smit-McPhee give great and believable performances. The scary scenes are memorable and you actually kind of understand the bond and love these two share for each other. Plus, is it really that wrong to have a bloodthirsty 12-year-old vampire as your best friend?
I give this:
♥ ♥ ♥
And with a vote of 9-3 by you lovely muses, the suede boots take the win!