I have a lot of history with Facebook. I’ve been using it since my college was first able to join (November-ish 2004), and now I use it a lot at work to help develop pages for various nonprofits. I’ve pretty much seen it grow from an exclusive college social network into the biggest site of our time. Over time I’ve learned of its complete history and the struggles and hurdles it came across in developing the project itself.
So, when I heard that there would be a movie based on Facebook, I knew I had to see it. Overall, it met all my expectations and Facebook aside, it was a great movie.
Every age has its visionaries who leave, in the wake of their genius, a changed world – but rarely without a battle over exactly what happened and who was there at the moment of creation. The Social Network explores the moment at which Facebook was invented — through the warring perspectives of the super-smart young men who each claimed to be there at its inception. The film moves from the halls of Harvard to the cubicles of Palo Alto to capture the heady early days of a culture-changing phenomenon in the making — and the way it both pulled a group of young revolutionaries together and then split them apart. In the midst of the chaos are Mark Zuckerberg (Jesse Eisenberg), the brilliant Harvard student who conceived a website; Eduardo Saverin (Andrew Garfield), once Zuckerberg’s close friend, who provided the seed money for the fledgling company; Napster founder Sean Parker (Justin Timberlake) who brought Facebook to Silicon Valley’s venture capitalists; and the Winklevoss twins (Armie Hammer and Josh Pence), the Harvard classmates who asserted that Zuckerberg stole their idea and then sued him for ownership of it. Each has his own narrative, his own version of the Facebook story in this multi-level portrait of 21st Century success – both the youthful fantasy of it and its finite realities as well. (From IMDB.com)
A solid movie whether you’re a Facebook fan or not. Lots of drama from start to finish. Is Mark Zuckerberg really that big of a douchebag?
Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer Score:
97% at time of writing (view)
More information on the movie can be found here.