The Social Network

The Social Network is the tale of Facebook and more importantly Mark Zuckerberg’s rise as the founder of Facebook as he becomes America’s youngest billionaire. The main flaw with the movie is the lack of a central character that audiences can identify with or at least hate. Instead we’re presented with a cold, heartless robot that somehow manages to manically code up the hottest social network without any passion or humanity. Instead we have a ruthless schemer that’s bent on screwing everyone he encounters.

Andrew Garfield does a masterful job playing Eduardo Saverin, Mark’s best friend and original partner, with just the right mix of boyish charm, nerdiness and flamboyance as the Brazilian-Jewish co-founder and initial investor of Facebook.

The film is as exciting as you can make the creation of a website thanks to all the betrayal mixed with Sean Parker’s import of drugs and sex. The story starts off with promise as Mark experiences an awkward and fatal conversation with his girlfriend that leads to the break-up that unleashes the rage that inspires him to create a site to rate the physical attractiveness of women.

The story starts to fall apart about the point where the site starts to take off and we see all Mark’s personal relationships disintegrate as he succeeds in turning Facebook into a global phenomenon. While there’s nothing unusual about someone being personally aloof and in many ways socially inept with running a company, it’s hard to see the film version of Mark Zuckerberg, played masterfully by Jesse Eisenberg, capable of running a company or even having a conversation. They could have given him more human characteristics or more things to say that enlighten us as to why he was so driven to turn Facebook into what it was.

Instead, we have a cold, unfeeling nerd that is savvy and ruthless schemer that is easily taken in by a paranoid, drug-taking snake oil salesman (at least as Sean Parker is portrayed in the movie) before screwing him too. So at least for me Eduardo was the emotional focal point of the entire film.

It was definitely a good movie with solid acting and they took as much creative liberty as they could without completely ruining the film while saving the audience from death by boredom. People in the IT industry will no doubt appreciate the little touches to maintain the film’s authenticity at least from a technical point of view.