I kick off my October movie mania by dragging my husband to see a movie called ‘The Social Network’. It’s based on the ever popular Facebook website. The main character in real life would be the young billionaire Mark Zuckerberg and in the film he is depicted by actor Jesse Eisenberg. I noticed both characters have similar name endings, however if you see this film you won’t think that had anything to do with why they selected Eisenberg for this role. Instead you’ll realize the sheer genius of the character from his dialogue alone.
Andrew Garfield and Justin Timberlake also star in this movie and they play up to their parts as well. Garfield plays real life character Eduardo Saverin, co-founder of Facebook and Timberlake portrays real life character Sean Parker, former Napster creator and a Facebook shareholder. I lost myself in this film specifically due to the ingenious screenplay from Aaron Sorkin (who also created The West Wing series). This movie didn’t have explosive Hollywood effects but yet it engulfed me in the center of what it was like at the start of the now social networking elite.
Of course this movie has computer programming jargon, but it doesn’t keep the laymen like me from comprehending what is going on. This is a drama that centers on mistrust, money, fast wit and heartbreak and in the midst of it all is the story of how Facebook launched. The movie was based on a book written by author Ben Mezrich called, ‘The Accidental Billionaires‘. David Fincher directed this film and he is known for films like Fight Club and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button. If you’ve seen either of those films your curiosity for this movie can only be described as ‘thirst’.
For those of you who may have managed to find your way into reading this but haven’t the slightest clue what Facebook is, I have but one question…..”What internet-free zone have you been living in?” Don’t worry, I myself have only been on Facebook for nearly one year but find it strangely addictive. Facebook is a social site that allows users to post photos, share links and bits of personal information about themselves. Only if you belong to a certain club, community page, fan club or know someone on this site will you be able to be on the ‘in’ of what’s going on. You can even start your own ‘in crowd’ pages.
To pull up your Facebook page is like turning on the news or picking up a paper to check out what’s happening. However with Facebook the news is coming from people you know or want to know better. You might see a post similar to, “I went to the mall today and bought a pair of boots to wear to a party tonight!” You may think this isn’t important or you could be thinking, “What party? I want to go.” Or perhaps, “What kind of boots and where did you get them?” What’s interesting to someone usually ends up getting ‘Liked’ by someone else and possibly commented on.
Facebook makes people feel like they’re on the inside of something, sort of like being in a club in school or any number of exclusive anything’s. Everyone wants to feel inclusive of something no matter how little of a socialite they really are. People want to know that someone, somewhere cares about them grilling steaks or feeling tired at work. The weird thing isn’t that these are trivial pieces of information; it’s that someone, somewhere is grilling steaks and is tired at work too. ‘LIKE’
I say go see this movie if you like dialogue and are interested in knowing how things began. The actors keep the movie going; it’s also well written and directed. Maybe you’ll look at Facebook differently or perchance for the first time. It could even inspire you to take your own inventive thoughts and turn them into a billion dollar industry.