We live in a world where people don't read books or newspapers, they get everything from the television (or internet, but forget that for a moment). A world that isn't really about nations such as the United States or China, but instead the united conglomerates of Microsoft and Exxon. Our news isn't about delivering objective facts anymore, its about getting good ratings with crazy people yelling things and trying to whip the public up into a frenzy of easy-to-shout slogans. This all is no big deal to say now, but imagine how far-fetched this would have sounded back in 1976 when Network came out. That makes Network not only a really dark, clever comedy, but also an incredibly eerily accurate predictor of what was to come. Plus, it's just a great movie.
Network is about a lot of things. On the human level it is about a friendship between two men named Max and Howard that becomes strained when Howard starts to essentially have a mental breakdown--but in the process becomes a huge news hit. Network is also about the sensationalism the news started to resort to more and more as time went on, and the very dehumanizing effect things like the mass media and corporations have on our lives. Oh, and it is wicked funny.
|Peter Finch steals the show as Howard Beale
|Faye Dunaway is energetic as ever in her role.
|Holden's Max Schumacher is both sympathetic and flawed.
5 out of 5 stars.