The Social Network gets my LIKE!


I am a Facebook addict, (yes, i said it, hi my name is Ruhila and i’m a FB addict); so when I found out ‘The Social Network’ was based on the life (somewhat fictionalized)of it’s founder-Marc Zuckerberg, I was more than intrigued and very excited to watch it.

In fact if you are looking for a film that stimulate you intellectually as well as entertain you, then catch ‘The Social Network’ as it doesn’t disappoint. While it might not blow you away, it will definitely pique your interest just like an actual social networking site.

The film traces the story of Zuckerberg and Eduardo Saverin, Zuckerberg’s close friend at Harvard who put up the money to invest in Facebook in its early years. Saverin was later edged out, with an offer he couldn’t refuse, when the company began earning serious money. It sounds simple but it isn’t as it follows 2 different lawsuits whilst constantly flashing back to Zuckerberg’s past.

The film’s central themes are power, ambition, money and intellectual property law (those were the bits I caught up on my sleep). It tells the story of how a site that has reduced productivity in all fields came out of friendship and ended up in betrayal, greed and vengeance. I would go so far as to say that it is easily one the most entertaining films this year (Inception setting the trend).

Jesse Eisenberg, plays Zuckerberg and nails the founder as the borderline-Asperger suffering, arrogant, lonely ass that he is. But at moments you can’t help feeling sorry for the socially awkward Zuckerberg who can’t make a true friend despite having 500 million on the site.

The pace is perfect as it flashes back to Zuckerberg’s past and back to the present where the film cuts between two depositions in which Zuckerberg is being sued by the Winklevoss twins (for stealing the idea for Facebook and in the other by his best pal and Facebook co-founder Eduardo Saverin  for stealing all the credit).

Adapted from Ben Mezrich’s book, The Accidental Millionaires, the film is not a history lesson into the lives of the facebook founders but more a subjective dramatized version of events which definitely makes it worthwhile.

It is ironic that the most anti-social nerd came up with a social networking site that has socially engaged millions of people and a site that has re-united and created many relationships was actually born out of a break-up and an end to a friendship. It’s also interesting to see that all the drama boils down to petty boy jealousies, loads of testosterone and crushes.

For me a highlight was Justin Timberlake’s surprisingly excellent performance as Sean Parker, Nine Inch Nail’s Trent Raznor’s excellent sound track and the rapid fire dialogues.

My companion who has no interest in Facebook still enjoyed The Social Network because it was approachable, easy to watch, insightful and personal-just like the site.

It truly is a movie delight that will amuse you for a few minutes, and if that doesn’t work-log onto to your preferred social network for some brain numbing idling.

5 stars


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