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THE SOCIAL NETWORK – THE STORY OF FACEBOOK

Posted by Vivek on October 2, 2010 | No Comments

THE SOCIAL NETWORK – THE STORY OF FACEBOOK

Director: David Fincher. Cast: Jessie Eisenberg, Justin Timberlake

Hollywood has another brush with corporate America, following Wall Street. This time it is with a global phenomenon, Facebook and the story of its evolution from a Harvard dorm idea to making its founder Mark Zuckerberg on the list of Forbes wealthiest people.

Behind the whole Facebook, it is also a typical story of human relationships and how they change. As an idea formed on the base of solving an immediate basic need, gets bigger to become a status symbol for its founders, to being a global phenomenon. While all of these changes happen it  affects the people behind the idea as trust, friendship and ideals are put to test in the face of the real business world.

The film does well to catch all of the above emotions. Silicon Valley, like Hollywood, has also been synonymous, with stolen ideas and plagiarism. To its credit the film does not skirt these issues but faces them head on. The view is objective as there is little to differentiate the heroes from the villains.
It is always a challenge to bring drama, action and visual appeal  in a film when the subject matter is a computer software. The film captures the real power of Facebook, it is as much social as it is about technology. Hence enjoys the enormous mass appeal.

The film does get verbose at times, that is also because almost all of the subject matters profiled are known for their super intelligence. The story of Napster is also interwoven in the script. Women in the film, especially given they are from Harvard, are surprisingly profiled as mere groupies and this is a big let down in the film.

The pace slackens at time, but the underlying humor in the face of potential legal hurdles faced by the protagonist, add to the interest of the viewer.
Jesse Eisenberg  gets into the skin of the character of Mark Zuckerberg.The highlights  of the film are crisp direction, witty dialogues and the performances of Justin Timberlake and Andrew Garfield.

Vivek kumar

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