The Social Network - Review
Facebook. That's all the motivation one needs to go and watch this movie. It is the story about the founders of Facebook. And I say 'founders' because it is as much the story of Eduardo Saverin (Andrew Garfield) as it is of Mark Zuckerberg (Jesse Eisenberg). It is the story of how money and success changes the equation between the people behind Facebook. The tagline of the movie couldn't have been more accurate - You don't get to 500 million friends without making a few enemies. We've seen it with Bill Gates and now, we've seen it with Zuckerberg. You can't achieve so much without stepping onto some stones. And Mark sure stepped on plenty. So this movie is about heartbreak, friendship, greed, betrayal, success and of course, Facebook.
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With over 500 million users, Facebook is by far, the largest social networking site around. Facebook started in a Harward dorm room in 2003 by Mark Zuckerberg who went on to become the youngest billionaire in the world. The movie uses the lawsuits against Mark, to tell the back-story of how he came to achieve all that he did, pretty much like Slumdog Millionare used the show 'Who wants to become a millionaire' to carry their story forward. And like Slumdog Millionare, here too, the formula worked like a charm. In pieces, it showed the changes in Mark's character from the time he was a neglected undergrad to the time he became a billionaire.
I've grown up reading stories about Bill Gates and how many people he allegedly wronged on his path to success. Its Zuckerberg's time to be under the torch. The movie would leave you with mixed emotions. You'd love Mark for his genius and his passion towards Facebook. At the same time you'd hate him for his cockiness and betrayals. So after the movie, be prepared to jump in to the intense debates of who wronged whom and how much of the movie is fact and how much is fiction. Its good fun, as from ex-Facebook CTOs, employees and founders all are having their say over the matter.
Coming back to the movie, Aaron Sorkin did a great job with the script. It was driven with sharp dialogues that make this movie a fast paced entertainer, and not a documentary. The surprise package for me was Justin Timberlake in the role of Sean Parker. I had little hopes from him, but he pulled off the role pretty nicely. Also, if you don't know the story behind Sean Parker, do read it after watching the movie and you'd love his character more.
All in all, The Social Network, is a brilliant movie to watch, to enjoy, to get inspired and to have a healthy debate with friends. Release date for India couldn't have been timed better with all the heat between Google and Facebook. Also Facebook is rumored to launch its alleged Gmail-killer soon. And we thought Microsoft vs Apple was the epic battle. I won't be surprised to see a sequel a few years down the line about either Facebooks downfall or about it, dominating the world. Time shall tell. The only turn-off for me was all the programmers in the movie were made to talk really fast. They always make the geeks talk fast. Its like an unsaid code. We-don't-talk-that-fast. Wait. May-be-we-do. Dayum!
This review is by guest reviewer Aniket Thakkar. Aniket Thakkar, is a writer and web developer, and he loves to talk about himself in third person. When he is not busy devising evil-genius plans of world domination, he can be found writing at his website http://flashfiction.in Ever since he took the red pill, he is on an ongoing mission to find out how deep this rabbit hole goes. Aniket Thakkar also blogs at http://flashfiction.in/.
- Violence: None
- Language: A few curse words, but thats about it.
- Nudity & Sexual content: Nothing visual. Has a couple of suggestive sexual scenes.
- Concept: Story of people behind Facebook and how money & success change their equation.
- General Look and Feel: Mostly shot in college campus.
The Social Network - Movie Details
- Official Sites: Website Facebook
- Producer: Scott Rudin, Dana Brunetti, Michael De Luca, Cean Chaffin
- Director: David Fincher
- Lead Cast: Jesse Eisenberg, Andrew Garfield, Justin Timberlake
- Supporting Cast: Armie Hammer, Max Mingella, Brenda Song, Rooney Mara
- Story: Based on book by Ben Mezrich
- Screenplay: Aaron Sorkin
- Cinematography: Jeff Cronenweth
- Editor: Kirk Baxter, Angus Wall
- Music Director: Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross
- Facebook Page: Link
- Running time: 121 minutes
- Reviewer: Aniket Thakkar
- Language: English
- Country: USA
- Genres: Based on true life story, Biography, Diaspora