“You don’t get to 500 million friends without making a few enemies.” That statement pretty much sums it. If there was one huge massive LIKE button, big enough to declare my love for this movie, I would use it. It’s very rare to go into a movie with high expectations, only to leave the theater feeling even more satisfied than you could’ve imagined.
“the social network” is a motion picture adapted from Ben Mezrich’s 2009 book, “The Accidental Billionaires“. The film focuses on the early years of Facebook which was founded in 2004. To say those years were tumultuous is a huge understatement. Funny enough what set the ball in motion, was the heartache co-founder Mark Zuckerberg felt from being dumped by his then girlfriend, Erica.
If you don’t know how Facebook came out of that experience, I’m not going to spoil it for you. Going into the movie, I had a vague idea of the history of Facebook and glad I didn’t know anymore. Within minutes, I was enthralled and curious how this one fateful night changed not only Zuckerberg’s life but all of ours. Facebook has become such an integral part of our daily lives, you would be remiss not to know more about it. I’m not exaggerating when I say, it’s a must-see.
If you’ve told me a year prior, that a movie about Facebook would be generating Oscar buzz and bring powerhouse acting performances, I would’ve called you crazy. One of the great discoveries of the film, is Andrew Garfield who played Facebook co-founder, Eduardo Saverin, and best friend to Mark Zuckerberg. To say his performance was heartfelt would be underselling his genius. When word leaked out Garfield had been tapped to play Spiderman/Peter Parker, I was “WHO”. If his audition for that film was half as good as his acting in the film, I can see why. This kid is going to be huge.
Another highlight of the film was Justin Timberlake. He played the role of Sean Parker, founder of Napster. I had no idea he any part of the social networking site. Let me preface this by saying, I love Timberlake immensely. From his singing to his clothing line. This kid can do no wrong. So when I found myself rooting against him in the film, is a testament to his career-making performance. Words can’t even begin to describe how douchey his character is in the film. His portrayal is so good, there is already an online campaign to get Justin an Oscar nomination for his supporting role. I’m firmly behind this. Major LIKE button.
In all honesty, most of the supporting cast did spectacular jobs including Brenda Song, Armie Hammer and Rooney Mara. The latter played Zuckerberg’s girlfriend and scored the highly-coveted role in the upcoming “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo“. It was a role every starlet in Hollywood wanted. As great as the supporting cast is, the film hinges on the believability of the lead role and Jesse Eisenberg played Zuckerberg masterfully. He walked a fine line between computer genius and psychotic narcissist with pure precision.
Honestly, I can’t think of one thing I disliked about the movie. Even the way they ended the movie was awesome. It was beyond perfect. How do you write an ending with a story that’s still being told. They managed to figure it out creatively.
I walked out of the movie feeling inspired and in awe of this online destination which over 500 million users are addicted to. My appreciation for Zuckerberg’s genius grew ten fold. What started in a dorm room has infiltrated many rooms across the world. I highly recommend you set aside some time to watch this movie in the theaters. It’s refreshing for once, producers didn’t have to rely on special effects or 3D gimmicks to sell the film. If you enjoy great storytelling and great acting performances, this movie is for you.
MOVIE RATING: 4.75 out of 5 stars.