In so many words, Facebook changed the world. At least, the world of young, college students who began to find sites like MySpace clunky and word glory holes like Live Journal to be inherently misguided. This biopic that glosses over the creation of a site where users drop off notes, collect pictures and keep in touch is at best entertaining to a small slice of the pie and never really makes an impact worthy of stuck up film blowhards who wear penguin suits and and toot their own horns.
The Social Network (2010)
Director: David Fincher
Starring: Jesse Eisenberg, Andrew Garfield, Justin Timberlake
First of all, why the hell is this movie so dark?! Whether it's Mark Zuckerberg's dorm room, the Harvard bar, the overcast, low rent house in Los Angeles, or that mute conference room, everything has a shade of despair spilled on it, telling you nothing other than that this movie is depressing as all Hell.
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Anyway, both sides say they create the idea of Facebook, with the movie splicing in segments of the court hearing between both sides. Somewhere in there Sean Parker (Timberlake), the founder of Napster, decides he wants in on the action and we have a full fledged Royal Rumble on our hands. Except everyone in this movie is a jerk and there is no one left to root for by the end.
|Seriously, real Zuckerberg should have filed for defamation of character.|
One thing I did like about this movie was the lack of a strong (or weak) female lead character. Too many times, writers will randomly insert a woman to mess things up for the main character, provide a love interest, or just in a round about way get in his business. Writer Aaron Sorkin felt no need to force the issue, instead opting for a more realistic feeling of casual conversation, one night stands, and general alienation from the better half for nerds at Harvard. Rashida Jones had a pleasantly brief role as a law assistant in this movie, and reminded me of finding a lone dollar bill in the pocket of your dirty pants: it's not a huge deal, but darn it if you didn't have that dollar before.
That's about the only positive thing I have to say about The Social Network. One thing this film never had going for it was reaching a wide range of audience; this certainly isn't for kids and anyone over 35 years old won't connect with this movie, instead becoming increasingly frustrated with the nonsense dialogue and full-fledged devotion to a product they probably don't use. If you did happen to enjoy this flick, the ending probably had some shaking their heads in disappointment, which is a personal exercise of mine whenever viewing one of Fincher's "masterpieces."
|Q: Crew times? A: White people problems.|
Note: Wow, Ben loved the balls off this movie. Read it here.