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Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Movie Review: The Social Network

Lawyers are even more boring than my peers, sigh.
 I was a very late Facebook convert.  I made fun of it and delayed joining until it was clear that I was going to be missing more than simply knowing what some “friends” think the best tacos are in the city or whether or not they found Jimmy Fallon amusing last night.  The latter was rhetorical, for that is a very unlikely occurrence, at least on my wall.  But now, 500 million of us are on the wagon. And, as it is the American way to transform pop culture’s pseudo-intellectual novels into movies, it was only a matter of time before the most popular, albeit artificial, meta-experience of the past several moments was also transformed into a movie.  But don’t worry, this film is not about poking people or building a crew for your fake mafia gang.  The Social Network, adapted from the book by Ben Mezrich The Accidental Billionaires, is an epic and intricate tell-all of one of the most fascinating mogul origin stories since, well, a wealthier Citizen Kane - whether it’s true or not.  With its Orwellian scathing and presumably overly harsh take on its subjects and Rashomon vibe as seen through the mediation testimonies of the major players, The Social Network is a dense and very entertaining tale of betrayal and ambition that just happens to be about Facebook.  Director David Fincher (Fight Club, Zodiac) and screenwriter Aaron Sorkin (The West Wing, A Few Good Men) skillfully guide us through a world of final clubs, obsessive code writing, “friendship” and of course, status.  Remember, at one point "The Facebook" was only for those lucky enough to have an email ending in Harvard.edu.