by Marcus at the Movies
9:19 PM AKDT, October 7, 2010
Marcus says you don't have to be into Facebook to enjoy “The Social Network,” a movie about the website's invention and rise to popularity. The PG-13 movie stars Jesse Eisenberg, Andrew Garfield and Justin Timberlake.
“Mark, Mark: there's a girl in your art history class. Her name is Stephanie Addis. Do you happen to know if she has a boyfriend?”
Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, played by dead ringer look-alike Jesse Eisenberg, is hounded by a classmate interested in...what else?
“People don't walk around with a sign on them that says, ‘I'm...’”
“The Social Network” is one of those rare dramedies that comes screaming out of the blocks and doesn't let go until the very end, holding your undivided attention for two hours.
Mark is almost as sociopathic as he is intelligent. When he speaks with others it's unemotional, robotic and way over their heads. His lack of common sense ends a relationship with his girlfriend, and his lack of loyalty costs him his best friend.
“Are you all right?”
“I need you now.”
“I'm here for you.”
“I need the algorithm used around chess players.”
“We're ranking girls.”
“You mean other students.”
Drawing up the blueprints for the Facebook phenomenon are Zuckerberg and his best and only friend Eduardo, self-appointed CFO and co-founder played by Andrew Garfield.
Mark also meets up with Napster founder Sean Parker, played by Justin Timberlake. While Eduardo wants to start making money now, Parker convinces Mark to squeeze out the short-sighted Eduardo, who files a lawsuit.
“This must be bad.”
The suit is brought about by the Winkelvoss twins, two jocks that row crew at Harvard. They ask Zuckerberg to help them with an idea and Mark rows away with it -- all the way to the bank.
The Winkelvosses -- or as Zuckerberg calls them, the Winklevi -- are a riot. They provide a good share of the humor in this funny yet serious story, which goes back and forth from the deposition to progressive stages of the idea theft.
“You must hate the Winkelvosses.”
“I don't hate anybody.”
And he doesn't: doesn't hate or love, except for maybe his computer. The film would have you believe he doesn't even really care about the money.
“The Social Network” is brilliant work, taking a true story sprinkled with a few gigs of fiction. It's a beautiful cast, and the acting by Eisenberg is superb. Look for this film to win big at Oscar time. I loved it, and give it four dot-coms.
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