Film Screening 14th February, 2011

Poster for The Social Network

The Social Network 

8:00 PM, 14th February, 2011

  • M
  • 120 mins
  • 2010
  • David Fincher
  • Aaron Sorkin
  • Jesse Eisenberg, Andrew Garfield, Justin Timberlake, Armie Hammer

Love it or hate it, Facebook has affected most of us in some way. Even if you don’t use it, you have probably heard your friends talk about it. The Social Network depicts the origins of Facebook and the personalities behind it. But it is selling the movie short to say that it is just about the founding of Facebook. It’s more a story of friendship, ambition and betrayal.

Eisenberg does a great job of portraying Mark Zuckerburg, the creator of Facebook and the youngest billionaire in history. He comes across as a calculating genius, who is determined to get what he wants, no matter the cost. Timberlake is very convincing as Sean Parker, the sleazy founder of Napster, who becomes involved with the direction of Facebook.

Director David Fincher (Se7en, Fight Club) has yet again focused on delivering great characters and snappy dialogue. The Social Network is very well written and I believe that it would have been a successful movie even if it hadn’t been based on a familiar subject.

After I saw it, I rushed home to do some in-depth research (wikipedia) to see how much of it was really true and it seems to have the general facts correct but I’m sure some liberties have been taken here and there.

You may come away from the movie thinking that Zuckerburg is a douche and may be tempted to delete your Facebook account but you’ll enjoy the ride.

Kathy Bakewell