A lot of people are disappointed that The Social Network didin’t win best picture. Instead, the historical bio-like pic The King’s Speech took the prize. The right film won.
If you evaluate the films on story – The King’s Speech is the winner. All the elements of a solid film are present. The plot has conflict and character development. You know the journey the character must take, leading up to a clear catharsis. The chemistry between Geoffrey Rush and Colin Firth is undeniable. And the direction of Tom Hopper (Netflick is under appreciated film Last Chance Harvey with Dustin Hoffman and Emma Thompson – phenomenal) is strong and totally deserving of the accolades he’s received. This isn’t so apparent in The Social Network.
For the three people that read this blog (yes, that includes my mother) my dislike for the David Fincher flick has already been discussed. The character development in The Social Network really doesn’t have a clear arc unless you count the higher levels of a**h*le that Jesse Eisenberg’s character achieves. But it’s not a real evolution to me. It’s contrived by unrealistic dialogue and depends too much on the trendy, hip subject matter.
This is where The King’s Speech rules supreme. Go see it. You’ll see what I mean.