The Social Network (2010)

the-social-network-1 “You know, you really don’t need a forensics team to get to the bottom of this. If you guys were the inventors of Facebook, you’d have invented Facebook.” – Mark Zuckerberg

Number of Times Seen – 2  (31 Oct 2010 and 9 Mar 2014)

Brief Synopsis – The “apparently” true story of how Facebook was created.

My Take on it – I have always loved Aaron Sorkin’s writing and very few can dispute that he is truly a master of fast dialogue.

He was able to take a true event that no one knows much about the details and create an interesting and intriguing movie.  The trick he used to make this so well loved is that he knew that if you ask the right questions, you leave doubt in people’s minds as to what is true and what is false.

This movie is slightly over-rated and I can truly say that I enjoyed it more the first time than I did now.  Maybe it has to do with the fact that the real people completely and vehemently dispute the details of the story.

Being somewhat computer savvy, I understood much of the computer jargon used in the movie which made it more than bearable since Sorkin’s writing is what really makes this movie what it is.  The dialogue and characters in The West Wing, A Few Good Men (1992) and The American President (1995) are much better and more likeable than here and I think the fact that the characters aren’t particularly likeable here made me like it less.

Bottom Line – This movie isn’t as good as many people make it out to be.  A bit over-rated.  It is still entertaining because it shows that if you can ask the right questions, it doesn’t matter whats true or false. Recommended!

Rating – Globe Worthy


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12 thoughts on “The Social Network (2010)

  1. I’ve only seen this once and, from what I can remember (it was a few years ago), more or less felt the same way as you Rob. Loved the zippy dialogue. Also thought Jesse Eisenberg was great as Zuckerberg. Ultimately though, it fell a bit on the flat side at times. Great review!



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