The Social Network made me eat my words

After watching the previews I thought The Social Network was going to be filled with over-acting and over-the-top drama about something as mundane as making a website. I had such a hate-on, I even went so far as to write a post on it. Let’s take a look back at some of the comments I made and see if I can answer them.

“Many people on my twitter stream (of all places) have been shouting out how much they’d love to watch The Social Network … and I just can’t understand why.”

On Thursday night I joined the club. After getting my iPhone back from security (they confiscate all devices prior to all screenings), I immediately went on Twitter and sang my praises.

Jesse Eisenberg (Zombieland) was brilliant in his role as Mark Zuckerberg. This guy has definitely broken himself out of the Michael Cera-esque abyss he could’ve easily fallen into.

David Fincher (Fight Club) did an amazing job directing this one. The movie focused on two different suits Mark was facing, one from Facebook co-founder Eduardo Saverin (Andrew Garfield) and the other from three who claimed he stole the basic idea from them. During these depositions, the story of Facebook was told through the explanations of these characters. In terms of storytelling this could’ve easily become quite confusing, but they pulled it off in a way that was seamless.

It’s over-dramatic and I’m pretty sure has a few exaggerations

This statement I can’t disagree with. The movie was obviously made more sexy and interesting. Even Dustin Moskovitz, one of the other creators of Facebook, says so in an interview with Oh No They Didn’t.

“It is interesting to see my past rewritten in a way that emphasizes things that didn’t matter and leaves out things that really did. Other than that, it’s just cool to see a dramatization of history. A lot of exciting things happened in 2004, but mostly we just worked a lot and stressed out about things; the version in the trailer seems a lot more exciting, so I’m just going to choose to remember that we drank ourselves silly and had a lot of sex with coeds. I’m very curious to see how Mark turns out in the end – the plot of the book/script unabashedly attack him, but I actually felt like a lot of his positive qualities come out truthfully in the trailer (soundtrack aside).”

Is it worth about 2hrs of my time?

Yes. For what it is, it is a surprisingly fast paced film. While I don’t see any of the major awards going to this one, I give The Social Network a 4/5.

One final quote I leave you with from my old post: I won’t go into it with the most open of minds, but if I end up liking it I’ll fully admit it, and then blog my love.

Thanks to the #xpopfilmup crew for putting this together, and to my friend Maria on Twitter for kindly inviting me.

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About Sean Bailey
Social media specialist who also happens to be a tech geek that's addicted to reading, movies, music, sports and coffee. Anything said on this blog is my opinion (obviously).

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