Movie Review – The Social Network

by Donald Hanson • October 16, 2010 • Entertainment, Movie ReviewsComments (0)1298

The Social Network is about the creation of facebook and the 4 major parties involved. The movie is based on the book “The Accidental Billionaires”, by Ben Mezrich. There has been talk that the movie gives an unfavorable impression of Mark Zuckerberg. You will have to make up your mind about that upon seeing the film.

A couple things really stood out to me about the film. First, it is very thorough, chronicling the events that comprised the origins of facebook, and showing them from different points of view. Another is that all of the people involved seem to be treated fairly. You understand everyone’s motives and attitudes. None of the characters fall into becoming cliches or stereotypes. You can relate to most of the characters. Watching the film, I kept thinking about which events were backed by concrete evidence and which ones must have been from eye witness accounts. My conclusion is that overall, the movie is a reasonably true depiction of what happened. And what happened is a truly amazing and sometimes disturbing series of events.

The most shocking aspect of the film to me is how different it is from what I expected from the trailer. In fact there is one scene in particular that felt completely opposite in the actual film from what I expected. One thing is for sure. You will definitely walk away from this movie with an opinion of the real world people involved in these events. Enough with the real world ramifications. On to the movie.

The movie itself is amazing. It turned out to be a lot more and a lot better than I expected. I found it to be very engrossing and it had my complete attention throughout. The opening scene is key and you should think about it as well as the key decisions by main characters to determine how you feel about what happened. The cinematography is absolutely stunning and it is a beautiful film to look at. The soundtrack is edgy and sets the tone of the movie perfectly. The actors are very entertaining and keep you interested in each of the storylines. And there is a rowing competition scene that is a mini-masterpiece. This is flawless film making and one of the best movies of the year.

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