OMG!!!! It’s HERE! They finally made a movie about Facebook, and naturally, I had to go see it opening day! (If they knew what a fanatic I am about fb, I surely would’ve gotten premier tickets or something.) The movie is called “The Social Network” and I have to tell you, run, don’t walk to this masterpiece!
As you know by now, I am a big-time, heavy-duty facebook addict! I got hooked the first time I tried it. I have tried to kick my habit a couple of times, but the withdraws were too much! Body sweats, insomnia, lethargy and suicidal thoughts hounded me until I broke down and got my fix. I realize that I am a slave to fb, and I’ve asked for the serenity to change…bla bla bla–
So you can imagine my utter delight when I learned about the movie. Watching the trailer online was like surfing porn for me–I swear, if I was a man, I’d have had a boner! I’ve watched it over and over. the trailer song, “Creep” originally by radiohead, re-done by Scala & Kolacny Brothers, mesmerizes me each time I hear it.
David Fincher’s film tells the story of facebook creator Mark Zuckerberg (brilliantly played by sandal-clad/hoodie-wearing Jesse Eisenberg), but it is not a movie primarily about all things facebook. Rather, it is a study in human relationships, determination, success, failure and betrayal. The movie opens with Zuckerberg and his (soon to be ex) girlfriend arguing, her calling him an asshole and breaking up. He rushes back to his dorm room and begins blogging about her fake bra size and what a bitch she is, and at that moment, that wonderful, angry, drunken moment, facebook is born.
Or was it? The movie centers around the depositions between Zuckerberg and his one-time partners who claim that he stole the idea from them to make billions. It is difficult to decide who is guilty, and of what. Each character, perfectly cast, is a dichotomy of good and bad, brilliant and idiot. The Winklevoss twins, who had a similar idea (on a much smaller scale) insist that facebook was their brainchild, and I couldn’t decide whether I wanted to kick them in the nuts or sleep with them. And casting Justin Timberlake as the schmarmy Sean Parker, entrepreneur and founder of Napster, was genius. We are introduced to the slick, hip, over-dressed Parker as he sees a good thing in fb and kicks that door open for himself. When he is fully-involved, he’s sporting a hoodie of his own and basically ousts Zuckerberg’s BFF and partner. And again, we can’t decide who is the bad guy or who, exactly, to pity.
It is important to note that Zuckerberg refused to collaborate with the film makers, so we never really know to what extent this movie hits the mark. But I don’t think that is so relevant. What makes this movie so good, no, so great, is the way the movie is layered, and laid out. At no time do we have the chance to get restless or bored, because we are zipped between courtrooms, dorm rooms, bars and offices. The talking and acting is fast and smooth. And although this is not classified as an action movie, it is, indeed, action packed.
The Social Network is the story of life, one that I believe everyone can relate to in some way, without necessarily centering around billions of dollars. I clicked Like on my facebook page!