The Social Network

Mark Zuckerberg is a big, fat, shit-eating dick and Jesse Eisenberg is the man who was born to play him (if only he had retired right afterward – he is seriously the most one-note motherfucker in Hollywood today).

Once upon a time, a pretty girl (Rooney Mara) broke a nerd’s heart. Mark (Eisenberg) is an asshole and deserves it, but he’s also a pretentious prick at Harvard so in his privileged, entitled little head, he thinks this gives him the right to declare war on women everywhere. He has an all-night coding sessions with his buddies (has anyone EVER written on a window with marker in real life, I wonder?) and by the next morningMV5BMjI2NzQ4MDMyM15BMl5BanBnXkFtZTcwMDA1NTUxNA@@._V1_SY1000_CR0,0,642,1000_AL_ he’s got the most misogynistic piece of programming he can muster, and he shares it like wildfire. It attracts the attention of a couple of conceited, ambitious BMOCs – The Winklevoss twins (Armie Hammer), who have an idea of their own for an exclusive social network.

Famously, Mark Zuckerberg accepted the job offer but then strung them along, stealing the idea for himself. He talked his friend Eduardo (Andrew Garfield) into bankrolling their fledgling company but then pushed him out just as Facebook hit the big time, in favour of the snake Sean Parker (Justin Timberlake). And he didn’t just push him out, he FUCKED HIM OVER. Royally. Shares that were nearly invaluable the day before were rendered almost worthless overnight. And Eduardo was his friend! His only friend, really. This movie is about the ensuing lawsuits but mostly it’s about a young guy with a brilliant mind and a cold heart who pursued his dream single-mindedly until he was a billionaire with no friends.

Mark Zuckerberg, as he is portrayed in the film, seems to be a young man on the verge of becoming on of those woman-hating incels before he finds salvation in programming and intellectual property theft. In real life, he may not be quite so villainous, but the truth would have made a far more boring movie, and with David Fincher in the director’s seat and Aaron Sorkin writing furiously, The Social Network was never going to be hindered by the truth.

 

 

 

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7 thoughts on “The Social Network

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  4. Jason

    I love this movie. While it may be a bit fabricated from what real happened, the movie itself is definitely one of Fincher’s better films as well as Aaron Sorkin’s sharp script.

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  5. Alasdair

    There’s a lot of ways to interpret both the movie and Zuckerberg’s character, but nowadays I look at the movie as a story of Zuckerberg’s attempt to create an alternate form of social interaction online to substitute for/replace that of the real world, only to be undone by his failures in socializing offline. His problems with the Winklevii and with Eduardo could have been resolved or at least mitigated with a brief confrontation and some face-to-face conversation, but at every turn Zuckerberg ghosts people and leaves them dangling, leaving both them and the audience to always assume the worst of him. The final irony comes at the end of the movie when he has to dole out massive settlements to both the Winklevii and Eduardo because, as his lawyer says, while reasonable arguments could be made in his defense, it would take even the greenest of lawyers less than five minutes to turn a jury against him. Abstracted argument gives way to the complexities of human life once more, and even the creator of Facebook must bend to them.

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