Chicago Film Critics Name “The Social Network” Best Film of the Year

12/26/2010 Posted by Admin

Chicago Film Critics Name “The Social Network” Best Film of the Year

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By our guest blogger, Joe Oliveto

“The Social Network” has been generating Oscar buzz since its release, when it became the most critically acclaimed film of the year. Although that particular awards ceremony is still a ways off, the movie has already been named Best Film of the Year by the Chicago Film Critics Association, an especially big honor considering the fact that legendary American film critic Roger Ebert is a member.

The Hollywood Reporter mentions that director David Fincher and screenwriter Aaron Sorkin also received awards for the picture. While there’s no guarantee that Fincher will take home the Best Director trophy when the Academy Awards roll around, it seems pretty safe to assume that Sorkin will emerge a winner. His fast-paced adaptation of “The Accidental Billionaires” is full of clever dialogue and makes us forget that we don’t really understand all that talk about computer programming. (Sorkin admits that he really doesn’t, either.) Sure, he had to fictionalize a lot of the material--no one has been able to find that Erica Albright character in real-life, and reports from those who were involved claim that Mark Zuckerberg wasn’t all that bad (and that Eduardo Saverin wasn’t as clearly in the right as the film makes him out to be, for that matter.)

But let’s face it--we can’t rely on our movies to tell us the truth about any historical event, be it something that happened seven centuries ago or seven years ago. Stories need clear heroes and villains, and life rarely ever supplies them. If we’re looking for an honest account of the creation of Facebook, it’s looking more and more like “The Social Network” failed to provide that.

If, however, we’re just looking for great storytelling and entertainment, “The Social Network” delivered, and as more and more critics groups name it the best film they’ve seen all year, its chances of winning big at the Oscars rise tremendously.

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