Quentin Tarantino has revealed that David Fincher’s The Social Network is “hands down” his highlight of the last decade of cinema.
The filmmaker told French magazine Premiere that the story of Mark Zuckerberg and the beginnings of Facebook was the greatest big screen achievement of the 2010s.
He said: “It is number one because it’s the best, that’s all. It crushes all the competition.”
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Tarantino singled out screenwriter Aaron Sorkin — who won an Oscar for the movie — for special praise, calling him “the greatest active dialogue writer” in the world.
Tarantino previously called Dunkirk the second-best movie of the 2010s during his appearance on The Ringer’s Rewatchables podcast, but has now revealed that The Social Network bested it.
The movie starred Jesse Eisenberg as Mark Zuckerberg, with Andrew Garfield portraying co-founder Eduardo Saverin, who went from Zuckerberg’s best friend to his legal opponent.
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Released in 2010, the film was a box office success, earning $225m (£182m) worldwide.
It was nominated for eight Oscars and won three, including Best Adapted Screenplay for Sorkin and Best Original Score for acclaimed duo Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross.
Rumours of a sequel to The Social Network have consistently swirled online, particularly given the prominence of Facebook since the movie was released.
Sorkin said last year that he is considering penning a follow-up and Eisenberg revealed he’d “obviously be interested” in reprising the role of Zuckerberg.
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The Facebook creator himself was not a fan of his portrayal in the biopic, pointing out that his long-term partner — and now wife — Priscilla Chan was completely omitted from the movie, despite the fact they began dating before Zuckerberg created Facebook.