Movie review from The Movie Snob
The Social Network (A-). This movie’s been out a while now, but I just now got around to seeing it. I don’t know why it took me so long. I think I was concerned my expectations would be too high after seeing so many good reviews. Plus, I was annoyed to read that parts of the movie, which is about the invention of Facebook, were apparently just made up by the filmmakers. Nevertheless, I found the movie completely absorbing. Mark Zuckerberg (Jesse Eisenberg, Zombieland) is a Harvard freshman, a computer genius, and an utter misfit. His girlfriend dumps him in the first few minutes of the movie, and in a vengeful, drunken state, he concocts a website that will allow users to rate the attractiveness of the gals at Harvard. It quickly crashes the school’s computer system. Then, it’s on towards the behemoth we now know as Facebook. Zuckerberg got sued over Facebook in two different lawsuits, and much of the story is told through deposition scenes and flashbacks from those scenes. It all works, although Zuckerberg himself–so lacking in warmth and human understanding that he almost seems autistic–remains a mystery to the end. I’d be fascinated to know his side of the story.