The Social Network
Based on the book, The Accidental Billionaires, by Ben Mezrich, director David Fincher brilliantly tells the story of the creation of Facebook in the drama, The Social Network. This story begins with a 19 year old computer programmer named Mark Zuckerberg (Jesse Eisenberg) being dumped by his girlfriend Erica (Rooney Mara) because of his lack of communication and social skills. (Hmmm, he has no communication or social skills but helps 500 million people communicate on a social network.) Mark is enrolled at Harvard and one evening he breaks into the school’s administrator website, downloads pictures of all of the female undergrads, uploads them to his own website, then asks people to vote on “Who’s Hot and Who’s Not.” The next day, two wealthy Harvard brothers named Cameron and Taylor Winklevass (Arnie Hammer and Josh Pence) ask Mark to help them with an idea they had to create a university website called the Harvard Connection so students can socialize with each other. Mark puts them off for a few weeks and in the meantime, goes to his best friend Eduardo Saverin (Andrew Garfield), puts up the money, and they create their own campus website which soon goes world wide. Mark is joined by Napster founder Sean Parker (Justin Timberlake) and several other guys who scheme to have Eduardo ousted and make millions as the creators of Facebook. (With friends like that who needs enemies.) Ay first glance, watching a story about building a giant website doesn’t necessarily seem appealing, not to mention that we are also supposed to be enjoy watching cold calculating people betray their friends. The most disloyal character is played by Jesse Eisenberg who is also the greediest, but for some reason we sympathize with him. This is Jesse Eisenberg’s best performance ever and I expect to see him at this year’s Oscar Awards. With rapid-fire dialogue, a smart screenplay and intriguing characters, Facebook fans will be flocking to see this film. (Okay, maybe they’ll be flocking to their Facebook pages to talk about it.) This is one of the best films of the year and will be one of the big surprise hits on the Red Carpet and I’m giving it an A- rating.
This movie has been given a PG13rating by the MPAA
Although I am blind, I can appreciate a good movie as well as sighted individuals.
I rely more on a good story line than special effects.