Untangling the ‘Social Network’


What’s on your mind? Edit my profile. Status Update: Charly Shelton is writing his article, the (mostly) true story of the founder of Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg.
Facebook, the most popular social networking site to date, has over 500 million members. Five-hundred million profiles of teens and adults with pictures of their cats, status updates on what they think of the cheesecake they are currently eating, and how complicated their relationship is. How could we have
lived in a world without a Facebook?
Mark Zuckerberg (Jesse Eisenberg) designed Facebook in a matter of days, stemming off of an original website called facematch.com, that he set up overnight while drunk. This has turned into a $25 billion empire.
The idea of moving the whole social experience of college online with Facebook.com was a revolutionary idea. Teens and adults would – and still do – log onto their computers for hours at a time to see their friends’ pictures, check their status updates, relationship status, and just see what is going on. I, myself, have spent countless hours tending to my fake farm patch in the digital realm of Facebook. No one wants to be my neighbor. I am a Farmville of one. But, as the tagline to the film suggests, you don’t get to 500 million friends without making some enemies.
The story revolves around Mark, his two lawsuits with friends, and people he knew at Harvard who claim ownership, in part or whole, of the Facebook idea. Up and coming actor Andrew Garfield plays Zuckerberg’s former best friend Eduardo Saverin, the plaintiff in one of the two lawsuits. Eisenberg and Garfield make the film.
Justin Timberlake plays Napster creator Sean Parker and he brings another element to the table, not only his character to the plot, but Timberlake as an actor,
who plays well with the tension of Garfield and Eisenberg. It all amounts to a great, tense Cinderella story that comes along once in a generation.
David Fincher directs, and Aaron Sorkin wrote the screenplay, based on the book, “The Accidental Billionaires” by Ben Mezrich. For those who are not familiar with the Internet sensation of Facebook, log on to Facebook.com and get with the program. Everyone’s doing it. Just get a profile already. Then go see “The Social Network.” This is one film not to miss.
Rated PG-13 for sexual content, drug and alcohol use and language. I give this movie five out of five friend requests.