The Weekend That Facebook Ruled the Big Screen

This past weekend, The Social Network premiered on big screens across the nation. The movie details the creation and rise of social media and networking giant, Facebook, and its creator, Mark Zuckerberg (though the film will argue otherwise). When the idea of a Facebook movie arose, I, like many others, immediately thought ‘oh, another cheap idea to exploit due to Hollywood’s lack of creativity these days.’ However, bringing aboard experienced and crafty vets David Fincher (Seven, Curious Case of Benjamin Button) to direct and Aaron Sorkin (West Wing, Sports Night) to write seems to be a move of gold.

As of Friday, the movie had an incredible 98% fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes and raving review after raving review had been coming in. “Impeccably scripted, beautifully directed, and filled with fine performances, The Social Network is a riveting, ambitious example of modern filmmaking at its finest.” Doesn’t exactly sound like a review given to a cliched, run-of-the-mill film, eh?

Having read the script a while back – but yet to see the film visually – I can say that Sorkin knocked it out of the park. Plot points and details are intricately crafted and woven. You feel for these characters – you feel as giddy as they do when the site is built and launched, you anguish as their greed increases and friendships are ruined. For a story that so many internet users seem to have knowledge of, Sorkin tells Facebook’s history in a more detailed, fresh-take method. If you haven’t seen the trailers or TV spots yet, here’s a bit of a spoiler alert – but some backlash has taken place from Facebook’s side with the film representation of Zuckerberg, which shows him in a bad light, coming off as conniving and greedy. Zuckerberg himself hasn’t said much in response to his depiction, but many wonder if his recent donation of $100 million to the Newark, New Jersey school system is a reactionary move.

As far as casting, I’m not sure I could picture someone better than Jesse Eisenberg (Adventureland, The Squid and the Whale), who looks incredibly similar to Zuckerberg. Apparently, Eisenberg’s cousin was a Facebook product designer as well. Justin Timberlake brings stardom to the film, playing Sean Parker – the co-founder of Napster and advisor to/initial President of Facebook. (Side note: I like Justin Timberlake. But I just wouldn’t cast him in any movie. It’s next to impossible to believe he’s anyone but Justin Timberlake. Regardless, he’s a decent actor.)

Regardless of anyone’s feelings about those involved, or the site itself, its popularity was represented this past weekend when huge numbers flooded to the theatres to see the film. We want to know your thoughts on the film if you’ve seen it, or on the story. Voice your thoughts!


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