2010-10-13 / Entertainment

‘The Social Network’ review

Victoria Henley

“The Social Network,” deemed by many audiences and critics alike as simply “the Facebook movie,” takes a psychologically insightful look at Facebook CEO and creator Mark Zuckerberg’s (wonderfully portrayed by relative newcomer Jessie Eisenberg) tumultuous journey to becoming the youngest multi- billionaire in the world. As the film opens, Zuckerberg’s precociousness and (often overbearing) zeal to succeed is evident as he condescendingly attempts to make small talk with his girlfriend (played by “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo’s” Rooney Mara), who almost immediately breaks up with him. In a drunken attempt at revenge, Zukerberg “cyber-bullies” the girl on his blog and, in his anger, creates a website (Face- Mash) that superficially compares female Harvard students based on their appearances.

Seeing that Mark Zukerberg’s website had accumulated a very impressive number of hits among the Harvard students, the well-to-do Winklevoss twins (Armie Hammer and Josh Pence) approach the boy regarding a collaboration of a campus match-making site; however, Zukerberg had a better idea. With the monetary and moral support of his loyal friend Eduardo (Andrew Garfield) and the smooth-talking, Napster co-founder, Sean Parker (pop sensation Justin Timberlake), Zukerberg begins the creation of the most revolutionary and innovative social networking website in the United States let alone the world while simultaneously turning the word “friend” into a verb and gaining the attention of two pretty, young college girls.

The sudden success of Facebook, however, was certainly not all “fun and games” as illustrated in the future narrative perspective of the film as Zuckerberg appears a bit blasé but also frightened while surrounded by attorneys, the Winklevoss twins, and his former best friend (the wrongfully betrayed Eduardo) who are now suing him. “The Social Network,” unlike many other cinematic story lines, does not offer a canned “protagonist” and “antagonist”; moreover, that conception is left for the audience to decide. One point is for certain… Mark Zuckerberg, the wildly successful young face behind Facebook who society might superficially suppose is “the happiest man in the world”, may not be so happy after all. Nonetheless, “The Social Network” is an intelligent and witty (if not inspiring) story of friendship, greed, betrayal, and the winding road that leads to the illusive “success.” “The Social Network” has been rated PG-13 for sexual content, drug and alcohol use and language.

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