Friday, October 8, 2010

Go See The Facebook Movie

So here's the great thing about reviewing a movie like The Social Network (which will henceforth be referred to as The Facebook Movie because that's what everyone is calling it anyway)- I really can't spoil anything for you.  We all know the story, because we're all using Facebook.  Well, except for me.  And we all know that Mark Zuckerberg is a billionaire and kinda comes across like a jerk.  Or at least a little pompous.  But can you blame him? He created Facebook.

The movie opens with Mark and his girlfriend Erica hanging out at a Boston pub.  Their date quickly moves from a conversation about Mark's obsession with gaining membership to a final club to a heated argument that is the result of Mark's offensive communication style. This scene sets up the movie perfectly because we learn five crucial things about Zuckerberg (or at least this version of Zuckerberg): he's ambitious, he's arrogant, he's insecure, he's a genius, and he sucks at relationships.   

From there the film moves at a spectacular pace.  You won't lose interest for a second, and the movie is surprisingly funny- there's a delightful Karate Kid reference as well as a humorous psychotic girlfriend.  

All of the actors do an amazing job.  While Jesse Eisenberg (who plays Zuckerberg) will most likely receive the most attention (he's already getting some Oscar buzz) I thought that Andrew Garfield (who plays Facebook CFO Eduardo Saverin) gave the most emotionally provocative performance.  I know some of you might have concerns about Timberlake playing the role of Napster creator Sean Parker, but he's perfect.  I would also like to add (for those of you who have yet to consider this) that it's poetically just for the most hated man in the music industry to be portrayed as a complete tool by a musician.  

Speaking of music, the soundtrack (thanks to Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross) is perfect.  It's mostly electronic, but somehow seamlessly transitions into poignant tones for the emotional stuff.  

Finally, the best thing about The Facebook Movie is that it attempts to provide us with an understanding of Mark Zuckerberg's motivation for creating Facebook, which as is turns out is something that all Facebook users can surely identify with. 

He wanted to be noticed.  


  1. I think Mark Zuckerberg is a great man. I came away from the movie admiring him. Also, when I was leaving the movie theater I saw Kirstie Allie ( not sure how you spell her name). She was in a bad mood. Living in Los Angeles is weird.

    Matt Godsey

  2. Check out Mark sparring with Dianne Sawyer- he gives her nothing!