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The Social Network

A 2010 movie directed by David Fincher.

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Situations have ended sad, Relationships have all been bad.

  • Feb 14, 2011
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+5
Who would think that the 2010 Oscar race appears to be down to a stuffy piece of British manners about a stuttering king and a sparky commoner, and a static legal procedural piece about the invention of a social network site?  Of course, those descriptions don't do justice to the quality of directing, writing, and acting in The King's Speech (which I have reviewed separately) and The Social Network.

The key to the attraction of these movies isn't in the bare description of the movies which make them sound boring (I have fought this battle over King's Speech with my family, and won over only 1 of 4 to go see it, so this is a real problem for these movies)--but they are anything but boring.  Trust me, if you have not seen either of these movies, you must see them before you decide which movie you think should win the Oscar.  Either is worthy and both deserve your movie dollars.

The key to these movies is in the relationships.  In King's Speech, the unequal relationship starts hesitantly and ends in a lifelong friendship, but in Social Network, the relationship that begins between friends and equals ends in litigation and situations that ended sad (credit Dylan for the review title).  Mark Zuckerberg is a fascinating character, spewing ideas faster than anyone can understand them, while he not only has the ideas, he has the technical skill to implement them.  We see him first create a Facemash application that trolls the Harvard network to create a website allowing students (mostly guys, of course) to compare pairs of (all female, of course) student pictures.  But what we really see that gives the movie its attraction is that Mark created the website literally overnight after a bad date, a slight that he revenged drunkenly in public, and which we see during the deposition scenes of the movie continues to affect him years and billions of dollars later.

As one of the junior lawyers (played by Parks and Recreation's Rashida Jones) tells Mark in a concluding scene, Zuckerberg isn't really an asshole, but he sure tries hard to be one.  Yet I found myself fascinated by his personality, watching him jump from idea to execution to idea.  You may want to like him, but you really can't by the end of the movie as you see that that pattern of remembered slights and failure to consider or even understand the human element of any situation, relationship, or algorithm. 

The situation that ended saddest is that with Eduardo Saverin, Mark's first financial partner.  The true equality of that relationship which should have bound the two friends with unbreakable ties are symbolized by the comparison algorithm that Saverin provides and Zuckerberg immediately codes into the facemash website, and then the $1,000 that Saverin provides (from his own pocket) to buy the first server for thefacebook.com (Napster founder Sean Parker--played with convincingly creepy smoothness by Justin Timberlake--suggests dropping the article).   But when Zuckerberg moves from Harvard to Silicon Valley in thrall to the charms of Parker, and Saverin goes to New York to try to raise money, we see actor Jessie Eisenberg do a great job showing Zuckerberg withdrawing into his ideas while the financial and marketing buzz around Facebook snowballs into a cultural cornerstone.  Like Saverin on the screen, from my theater seat I found myself in near disbelief that just seven years ago Facebook didn't even exist; Saverin, as a one-time partner but now an outsider looking in as his trust and faith in the company that is Facebook and the relationship he had with his friend Mark Zuckerberg both exploded before him.

It is is this relationship, and others in Social Network, that give the movie its depth and power and make it Oscar-worthy. 

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The Social Network is a 2010 drama film directed by David Fincher about the founding of the social networking website Facebook. The film features an ensemble cast, which consists of Jesse Eisenberg, Andrew Garfield, Justin Timberlake, Brenda Song, Max Minghella, Rooney Mara and Armie Hammer.

The film was written by Aaron Sorkin and adapted from Ben Mezrich's 2009 nonfiction book The Accidental Billionaires. The film is distributed by Columbia Pictures and is set for an October 1, 2010 release. None of the Facebook staff, including founder Mark Zuckerberg, will be involved with the project. One of the co-founders, Eduardo Saverin, was a consultant for Mezrich's book.  The film is distributed by Columbia Pictures and was released on October 1, 2010.

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Director: David Fincher
Genre: Drama
Release Date: October 01, 2010
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Screen Writer: Aaron Sorkin
Runtime: 121 minutes
Studio: Columbia Pictures
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