Feb 22, 2011

The Social Network Review

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According to this fictional portrayal of the life of Mark Zuckerberg, the founder of Facebook is a total jerk to everyone. He's essentially an idiot savant who doesn't know how to speak with anyone without insulting them, but at the same time, is ridiculously brilliant. Zuckerberg is a Harvard undergrad who starts up the famous website and tons of lawsuits and betrayals follow.

Mark Zuckerberg was written kind of black-and-white, and I may be the minority that feels that way. I liked that he was almost Rainman/Forest Gump-styled brilliant behind his social ignorance, but I spent the entire movie waiting for the action that brought upon the turning point. In my mind, there was no climax to the film. From start to end, Zuckerberg is a jerk with hidden agendas. I was positive that at the halfway point, one of the many people he angered would punch him in the face to make him realize the error of his ways, but it never happens.

Other than this small complaint, there was a ton of greatness in this movie. Justin Timberlake especially impressed me with how well he portrayed the fast-talking, scandal-surrounded founder of Napster.

My Highlights:
Justin Timberlake's introduction on the film, the smashed laptop, and the overly cheesy/pot-calling-the-kettle-black line by the Harvard row-team "lets gut the nerd!"

Overall Rating:
It's got a few minor flaws, but it's still a tremendous film. I don't care that nearly none of what happened in this bio-pic was true, the story and characters were fantastic. 4 and 3/4 *'s out of 5, or 9 1/2 *'s out of 10.

When You Should See It:
It's kind of a thinker film, probably not for everyone. If you're into films that aren't 90% CGI explosions and bounty hunters giving snarky one liners before laying waste to an army of henchmen, give this film a try right away. It's greatly entertaining

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