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Movie Review- The Social Network

October 10th, 2010 · 2 Comments

***** 5 out of 5 stars.

For a nerd/geek like myself this movie has everything, sex drugs, rock & roll and money.  I thoroughly enjoyed seeing the movie last night and going with some of my buddies from the NJ Open Coffee made it all that much better.  We spent another 90 minutes talking about the movie afterward over desserts.

I read this story in Wired Magazine about the back story on the movie and the book which greatly added to my enjoyment of the film.  Understanding the fact that story is mainly told from the point of view of the jilted ex-CFO greatly expands your understanding of the plot lines.  One of the great lines in the article is this: Screenwriter Aaron Sorkin, creator of The West Wing and A Few Good Men, compares his version of Zuckerberg to Shakespeare’s Richard III, saying of his protagonist, “Give him a hunchback and a clubfoot and you’re pretty close.” I was surprised when Jim Mikusi one of my Coffee-mates noted the Shakespearean nature of the movie in the discussion.

The big line in the move is most likely destined to be:

“Your going to think that lots of girls don’t like you because you’re a computer guy but you’re wrong.  They don’t like you because you’re an a$$hole.”

My favorite scene was when a random classmate asked Mark Zuckerberg about a girl in one of Mark’s classes.  He asked, “Does she have a boyfriend?  Is she seeing anyone?” And suddenly Mark jumps up and runs across the campus to sit down and add the “Relationship Status” to the ready to be launched The Facebook website.  This is when he realizes that everyone wants to know who is having sex and who isn’t, and with whom.  For me that is the moment in the film that makes it real and personally believable.  Who of us hasn’t had that moment of inspiration in the shower or elsewhere that gripped us with a creative frenzy?  Granted most of our ideas haven’t panned out quite as well as Mark’s.  But the feelings are the same.

I spent 6 years in the Navy and watching The Hurt Locker instantly brought that back to me.  That movie transported me back into the barracks and made me feel like I was there because it captured so much of the gestalt of being in a young group of soldiers.  The Facebook Movie does the same thing for me in a very visceral way which is why people are talking Oscar about it.  It captures the essence of what it is like to be in a high tech startup.  This is what sets the movie apart from others and makes it enjoyable for anyone.  I think even my wife who doesn’t do the Facebook would enjoy this movie.

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2 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Victor Canada // Oct 10, 2010 at 9:49 pm

    Chris, Great article and review of the The Social Network. I did get the feeling that the story was presented from a particular point of view. I hadn’t read the Wired article so thanks for the link. I also agree that they did a great job of capturing the feeling of being in a tech startup.

    I was struck by the quirky genius personality portrayed in the movie. I’ve know a few quirky geniuses and it is always fascinating to see how their minds work.


  • 2 Facebook’s Missing Culture of Privacy // Oct 22, 2010 at 4:05 am

    [...] needs to come from the very top.  And if there is much to be learned from the recent movie, The Social Network, it doesn’t appear that the leadership will place much emphasis on this [...]

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