At first glance, it would seem that we
identify with Peter Parker (Andrew Garfield) because he is an Everyman, a
kid really, who stumbles upon great power and accepts the weighty
responsibility that comes with it. But dig a little deeper and, in fact,
there’s nothing at all about Peter Parker that’s relatable.
Author and screenwriter Alex Garland knows how to create tension and an almost existential sense of dread from nothing more than the thoughts inside one’s head. So a film collaboration with director Mark Romanek based on an acclaimed novel by Kazuo Ishiguro should be a surreal and dramatic vision. Romanek's film is undeniably artful but airless and lacking both a heartbeat and true soul. Grade: C-.
The Social Network is not the unvarnished true story of Mark Zuckerberg and the creation of Facebook. But it seems as if one of Zuckerberg's friends should have posted that on his little social network because he sure is acting like people might think it is. This film is stirring up the social media world. Grade: A-