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For Your Viewing Pleasure: The Social Network


The Social Network

The Social Network

While standing in the line to see the premier of much anticipated movie The Social Network I noticed that all of the people in line around me (excluding my mother) were on their phones updating their Facebook status. That’s when it hit me; this movie is getting amazing free press. Facebook is all around us. We are always touching base, keeping in contact, staying in the know and updating the world on our every move.

Even before the credits rolled, the fast paced action began. Mark Zuckerberg, played by the well-cast Jesse Eisenberg (Adventureland, Zombieland) is at a bar with his clearly fed-up girlfriend Erica Albright. Mark, a nerd in the need of some Ritalin and a slap across the face, tries to explain to his soon to be ex-girlfriend why being in one of the many exclusive clubs at Harvard is so important to him. This conversation is a great exchange of fast-paced, catchy, and funny dialogue that sucks you into the movie. When credits finally do roll, your “friend request” with these people is approved.

After being rightfully dumped, Mark goes back to his dorm to get wasted and blog about his “flat-chested, less intelligent” ex-counterpart, teaching us two things: be careful what you post; and being drunk, freshly dumped, and pissed off may be the best ingredients for a home-made internet phenomenon. With the reluctant help of his friend Eduardo Saverin (Andrew Garfield) they make a ridiculous website that rates women. As you can imagine, everything quickly goes downhill from there.

Director David Fincher (Fight Club, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button) dazzles us with his trademark quirky angles and out-of-focus shots. He keeps us entertained and glued to our seats as we watch friendships and money crumble around Mark.

But it’s the formation of a new oral history that will keep The Social Network‘s Internet-crazed audience intrigued. Writer Aaron Sorkin (West Wing, Charlie Wilson’s War) pleases with a humor that can be “liked” by all ages. His natural talent is making tragic assholes not only believable, but dare I say even likeable. Sorkin stays true to Facebook by “poking” fun of everyone.

Our generation has been screaming at the top of our status for a film like this. We needed a movie to grabs us, shakes us and reminds us that there are things out their bigger than us, things bigger than Facebook. I walked out of this movie happy and relieved that good writing and good acting are still alive. And if Social Network taught me anything it was this: What’s the difference between a multi-billionaire and a lonely man? Nothing.

Graphics by Phaymiss

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