The Social Network
I will be the first to admit it, when I heard that David Fincher (Fight Club, Se7en) was going to direct a movie about Facebook that has Justin Timberlake in it, I cried…a lot. But once the tears subsided I realized, David Fincher is a smart man and undoubtedly his take on the story will be something wholly unique. Not only is Fincher a smart man, but the film’s screenwriter writer Aaron Sorkin (A Few Good Men, Charlie Wilson’s War) is as well. And just as I had hoped, the movie turned out to be one of the best of 2010.
Jesse Eisenberg plays Facebook co-founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg excellently, and what I believe to be quite fairly. Zuckerberg does not appear to be a bad guy, he’s just a little immature. He was not entirely upfront and honest about his business dealings related to the creation of Facebook and it got him in some trouble. Zuckerberg was a young impressionable computer programmer who vyed for the spotlight, that’s it that’s all. With all that money that was flying around him, most of us are in no place to judge his actions.
With the film being a success many people have wondered what its effect may be on the product of Facebook. Other than making users more aware of its origins, I don’t think the film will cause anyone to deactivate Facebook. Any intelligent Facebook user (is there such a thing?) should know exactly what they’re getting themselves into when signing up. You’re life is on display for the world to see. Facebook is not professional or mature, it’s a way for people to look at pictures of others and know whether they’re single or not. The point behind the Social Network was not to destroy Facebook, but to tell a story akin to a contemporary Citizen Kane (albeit with sex, drugs, and alcohol).
Upon the films release Mark Zuckerberg did a small PR campaign of his own to share his thoughts on the film and for the most part I would say he reacted very well. His calling the movie fun showed that he doesn’t take himself and his work too seriously, while downplaying the movies impact came off as slightly arrogant, but showed he is still in control. In regards to the foundation Zuckerberg announced along with a $100 million donation to the Newark school system, well, the timing was bad, but we can’t let that take away from the legitimate good it will do (see the link below for the sources of this paragraph).
Did Zuckerberg have to say anything to the public when the Social Network was released? No, probably not. But people wanted to know what he thought, and well he is the ultimate socializer, so he obliged.
In conclusion, The Social Network is an extremely well done dramatization of how Facebook was created. Dramatization.