The Social Network Movie Review

When Margaret and David raved about The Social Network on The Movie Show this week (giving it 4.5 and 5 out of 5 stars respectively) I knew I had to run out and see it. Just like Margaret and David, I wasn’t particularly interested in the idea of the movie – although I am pretty addicted to Facebook – but hearing them declare it one of the year’s best movies was good enough for me.

The Social Network is one of the grittiest, tell-it-like-it-is movies ever made. How the filmmakers haven’t been sued on litigious grounds is beyond me – you’re a fly on the wall for 2.5 hours in the lives of creator Mark Zuckerberg, co-creator Eduardo Saverin, Napster founder Sean Parker and a host of Harvard alpha males.

It doesn’t paint Zuckerberg (a brilliant doppelganger Jesse Eisenberg) in a positive light, especially as he moves away from best friend Saverin (Andrew Garfield) and falls for the business charms of Parker (Justin Timberlake). Saverin’s story is quite heart-breaking and you come away wondering about all these modern-day geniuses with their warped egos. In fact the weirdest thing is realising this all started in just 2003, yet it feels like it’s been part of our lives forever.

The movie splices up scenes from Harvard dorm hacking to hearing room lawyers belting it out. The question over who really created Facebook lingers well after the movie ends – and the last scene is brilliant. The acting is really good – you forget Timberlake doesn’t act full-time – and the soundtrack by Trent Reznor (Nine Inch Nails) is awesome.

This is a hard movie to recommend although in Facebook-speak I did really ‘Like’ it. The dialogue is extremely fast paced and littered with tech speak, so come prepared. But it is super realistic and offers a rare insight into the extremely unique character that is Zuckerberg, who whether you’re into Facebook or not, is an icon of our times. The postscript tells us Facebook is worth $25billion, and Zuckerberg is the world’s youngest billionaire. It’s hard to believe he’s only 26. Funnily enough I, as well as many of my fellow cinema-goers, raced to update our Facebook status after the movie ended.

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