You know, you really don’t need a forensics team to get to the bottom of this. If you guys were the inventors of Facebook, you’d have invented Facebook.
During last weekend I finally got around watching The Social Network, which scooped a couple of Oscars last night. It was just released on DVD in the UK for people like me who missed it in the movies; who then had to listen to everybody talking and writing about how brilliant it is. And yes – they were right – it is a brilliant movie.
It could have easily been a boring documentary about the birth of Facebook and how it revolutionized the way people connect. But because of Aaron Sorkin’s brilliant rapid-firing screenplay there is no time to be bored – you have to keep up with the dialogue which is like a Nadal – Federer tennis match on speed. If you blink – you missed it! Sorkin who created such TV favorites as The West Wing and Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip (the latter maybe only my favorite) has turned Ben Mezrich’s book (The Accidental Billionaires: The Founding of Facebook, a Tale of Sex, Money, Genius and Betrayal) into a captivating movie. It lets you decide yourself if Mark Zuckerberg is a ruthless, disloyal asshole or a übermotivated computer genius, who did not let anybody get in the way of his vision. The New York Times investigated how this movie divides the audiences generationally. The older audiences see Zuckerberg as a tragic, unsocial figure; while younger people applaud him for being a go-getter who does what he needs to do to protect his creation.
You have part of my attention – you have the minimum amount
If you are not aware of the story and lawsuits behind Facebook’s rise to a phenomenon, you must have been living under a rock. Most of the movie takes place around the time when the idea is born and is put into action by Mark Zuckerberg, who is so brilliantly played by Jesse Eisenberg. If you ever had the question in your mind about Eisenberg being a secondary Michael Ceraish nerd, you have been proven wrong. Later the movie shifts between the early years and the two lawsuits launched against Zuckerberg by the Winkelevii (Winklevoss twins played by Josh Pence with a little help from CGI) and Eduardo Saverin (fantastically acted by Andrew Garfield). In to the mix enters the Napster co-founder Sean Parker and things really take off. Justin Timberlake as Sean Parker is a revelation. Inspirational casting, which really pays off. There is so much betrayal, envy and resentment in this movie. It also has a lot of innovative visions, outside-of-the-box thinking, ambition and just pure computer geniuses. And of course there is a girl.
David Fincher, who has given us gems like Seven and Fight Club, has directed another gripping movie. You can’t find any fault in the directing and editing of The Social Network. But what really shines is the screenplay and the acting.
At the end of the day, nobody knows what really happened in real life. But who cares? The fact remains that Facebook affects each one of us on a daily basis. It now has over 600million members and is valued at more than $ 50billion. I for one have to thank Mr. Zuckerberg for getting me back in touch with my childhood best friend.
We lived on farms, then we lived in cities, and now we’re going to live on the internet!