When I first saw the trailer for this movie, I thought to myself, “How in the world will anyone find THAT much interest in the creation of Facebook? It’s just a bunch of guys programming all day”.
Boy was I wrong.
After my friend, who also is a very avid web developer and programmer, convinced me to sit down and watch this movie with him, I prepared myself to be very confused by the programming syntax, puzzled by the lawsuits, and completely bored out of my mind. Instead, once the theatre lights dimmed and screen revealed Harvard’s student pub teeming with college students and the main actor, Mark Zuckerburg, I was immediately captured. I don’t know if it was the cinematography, the witty dialogue, or even the “happening” pub scene of Harvard, but I found myself eager to see the progression of this film’s plot.
“The Social Network”, directed by David Fincher, opens with Mark, played by actor Jesse Eisenberg, a highly intelligent and socially awkward sophomore, who after a break-up with his girlfriend, seeks revenge by creating a website that “rates” women according to their attractiveness using pictures hacked from several college websites around the area. This breach of network security earns him a suspension, and recognition by three well-endowed Harvard seniors who are searching for the programmer to make their own social networking website a reality. Well basically, one thing led to another, some programming was put together, and in a matter of 6 months or so, Facebook was born.With its advent, Mark faced two lawsuits, one for intellectual fraud by the Harvard seniors, and another by his best friend and fellow co-founder, Eduardo Saverin, played by the talented Andrew Garfield.
The acting in “The Social Network” was excellent; Mark’s show of haughty superiority and lack of proper social skills is perfectly complemented with Eduardo’s respectful acquiescence and top-notch business charm. Each character was very believable, drawing in the emotion of the audience. I found myself completely sympathizing with Eduardo, and was saddened to see how such a strong friendship could crumble into the ashes.
Truly, Mark Zuckerburg is painted in a dark light, shown as a highly intellectual Harvard dropout with a knack of making many enemies and destroying the one friendship that he never deserved to have. In fact, Mark could be relatable to a robot, one displaying little emotion with dozens of programming code running through his mind. He truly is a genius, and really nothing else.
I highly recommend watching this film to whomever uses Facebook and always wondered about its scandalous creation. Even if you don’t use this type of social network, perhaps consider coming to watch a film that tells the story of the youngest billionaire in the world to this day.