What do you think of The Social Network?

Published:  November 15, 2010
What do you think of The Social Network?

My significant other is an IT guy. While he makes a mean peanut butter cookie, has sent me flowers at work before, and has excellent personal hygeine, I’m secretly only with him because I hope he’ll be the next Mark Zuckerberg.

Well, that was until I saw Mark Zuckerberg being portrayed in the movie The Social Network.

Why is Mr Zuckerberg so enticing to me? He’s the youngest billionare in the world. He’s got an incredibly sharp mind. He also founded that little site you may have heard of, Facebook. Or did he…?

The Social Network follows Mark and his fellow Harvard buddies as they take Facebook from a simple site where they could view their classmate’s profiles, to the worldwide phenomenom it is today. The movie centres around two court cases Mark dealt with a few years ago – one with his best friend and CFO of the company, Eduardo Saverin (Andrew Garfield), and one with a pair of good-looking, deep-voiced rowing twins (Armie Hammer and Josh Pence) who reckon Mark stole the idea of Facebook from them. Yep, I had no idea about all of that either.

The Social Network is a little bit of a legal drama. It explores the complexities of intellectual property, and asks the question, when does an idea become your own? It’s fascinating to learn how Facebook grew so quickly, and the movie is peppered with clever stories behind the features of Facebook.

Jesse Eisenberg is terrific as the nerdy, headstrong, and cranky Mark. I’m not sure how accurately it reflects the real Mark Zuckerberg, but the movie gives you a character who you appreciate for his brilliance and snappy wit, but hate for his selfishness. Justin Timberlake himself also does a great job as shady Sean Parker, the disgraced inventor of Napster who teams up with Mark’s group, much to the distaste of the suave Eduardo. The Winklevoss twins are also entertaining characters, and now that I’ve found out they are largely played by the one guy (Hammer), I’m even more impressed.

Love it or hate it, Facebook really is a defining form of media of the 21st century. Tear yourself away from your usual Facebook activities (yes, I’m talking about FB stalking, playing that God-awful Farmville, or informing everyone of your bowel movements via status update), and educate yourself on its creation.

The Social Network is in theatres now.

Thumbnail image taken from IMDb.

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