“The Social Network” – Yes, It Really Is That Good

October 4, 2010 § Leave a comment

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Whip-smart dialogue, fast pacing, fantastic performances, a fictional account of a true story – one that examines the nature of friendship, trust, class, entrepreneurship, ambition – all of the necessary ingredients for a can’t-take-our-eyes-away-from-the-screen film.

Aaron Sorkin (The West Wing) wrote the screenplay and David Fincher (Se7en, Fight Club, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, and soon, the American version of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo) directed.  They have created a mesmerizing tale of the birth of the company that did nothing short of change the way a half a billion people communicate and develop virtual relationships.  You know you’re watching a monumental event, even if it is fiction, and even if it is recent history, and the story, ongoing.

The cast is uniformly excellent:  Jesse Eisenberg as Mark Zuckerberg is beyond convincing; Andrew Garfield, as Zuckerberg’s best friend at Harvard, Eduardo Saverin, gives us a glimpse of what we can expect when he assumes the role of Spiderman; Rooney Mara, in what is a small role as Zuckerberg’s Harvard girlfriend, has our attention now that she is slated to take the role of Lisbeth Salander in Fincher’s The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo; and Justin Timberlake is a revelation (at least to me) as Napster founder, Sean Parker.

After seeing the movie, which I had been reminded was fiction by several reviewers, I was curious to know what was true and what was fabricated (or as close as you can get to these two poles), and I remembered that there was an article somewhere that claimed to get to the heart of the matter.  And I found it.  So, after you’ve seen the movie, read David Kirkpatrick’s Daily Beast piece, “What’s True in the Facebook Movie.”   Kirkpatrick is the author of The Facebook Effect: The Inside Story of the Company That Is Connecting the World. While researching the book, he interviewed Mark Zuckerberg, as well as the Facebook co-founders, Zuckerberg’s friends, and a number of executives; and he studied all of the documents to which he was able to gain access.   Fascinating.

If you’ve not yet seen the movie, get yourself to your nearest cinema.  It’s one that’s worth the price of admission.

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