The Social Network ~ (USA, 2010) ~ In Theaters

I had already pegged this film as a ‘wait-for-dvd’ experience. But I had to hang around waiting for car repairs (what a fiasco – but that’s another story) so I had some time on my hands. I made my way across the street for a matinée of the Facebook bio-pic. The Social Network is a surprisingly entertaining film, and a great character study.

Jesse Eisenberg (Zombieland) plays the inventor of Facebook. The film is essentially about how that ain’t necessarily so, although it’s clear that it wouldn’t have been as big as it has become were it not for the vision of Mark Zuckerberg (Eisenberg’s character). Armie Hammer plays the dual role of the Winklevoss brothers. Zuckerberg essentially finessed the original campus based idea ( only) and expanded it worldwide. He does this so well (with the aid of camerawork of course and digital photoshopping) that I had no idea this was one actor until I read about it afterwards. And Justin Timberlake! He’s a pretty good actor as it turns out, playing the smooth and manipulative creator of Napster, Sean Parker.

The personalities of these geeks/entrepeneurs is the fascinating engine that drives the movie. It helps that we’re all familiar with the ubiquitous Facebook and that Parker changed the way music is listened to and distributed forever, so it’s a kick to get a look (if only one version) of them on the big screen.

If you go to the movies weekly, then this should be on your list. If you rarely do, the wait for the DVD and you’ll like it even better.


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