After Seeing “The Social Network”, The Greed & Conniving Behind Facebook Will Make You Switch To Twitter For Good
It turns out that Mark Zuckerberg, Eduardo Saverin, Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss, and Sean Parker are all on Facebook. The knowledge that I could potentially be Facebook friends with any of these people really only makes me happy that I personally do not have a Facebook page. Because if only half of what occurs in “The Social Network” is truth, these are some very vacuous individuals. Of course, they are led my Zuckerberg, who Jesse Eisenberg portrays in such a terrifyingly ambitious and arrogant fashion, that he has completely graduated from the Michael Cera School of Acting. Up until now, Eisenberg has played the neurotic intellectual in every role, but after “The Social Network”, he could play a cold, calculating psychopath and pull it off with aplomb.
Yes, “The Social Network” is known as “that Facebook movie”. While it definitely transcends being just a movie about a social networking site’s creation, it essentially is just that: a movie about the backstabbing, lying, cheating, dishonest dealings behind the creation of one of the most popular websites on planet Earth. There are some seriously ugly moments that don’t make you cringe as much as you’ll feel unbelievably sad for these people. While there are several victims of Zuckerberg’s sociopath-like reign of lies and deceit, there really aren’t many angels involved in this tale; these people are sharks swimming along with the smell of blood constantly under their nose.
In case you weren’t aware, “The Social Network” follows Mark Zuckerberg’s lightning fast transformation from Harvard student to billionaire in just under a decade. He did so with the help of his best friend, Eduardo (Andrew Garfield), who became his de facto CFO. There’s really no doubt that Zuckerberg approached Eduardo only because he knew that he could help fund his new “idea”. Of course, this idea was partially (if not completely) stolen from Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss (Armie Hammer), two Harvard rowers, and their friend, Divya Narendra (Max Minghella). The three of them originally approach Zuckerberg after learning about the stir he created with a Harvard site called FaceSmash.com, which let you choose the more attractive of two students.
Essentially, all of the ideas generated by these people are all based on shallow, insubstantial ideals. Zuckerberg wants to be involved because he wants so badly to be accepted in the “cool kids club” that he’s willing to invent one himself in order to achieve that goal. The Winklevoss group wants to make a website that, like Harvard, is considered extremely exclusive to Harvard students only. Again, it’s just one vain idea after another, based on nothing more than giving people an outlet for their self-obsession.
No, “The Social Network” isn’t quite a damning critique of every single Facebook user, but it definitely shows the self-centered people behind creating a website that, let’s face it, is more about you than the friends you have on it. This movie examines how a nerdy and needy person wanted to beat the rich, popular guys to the punch. Of course, those rich and popular guys are just taking an already elitist institution and just adding to the overall snobbery of Harvard.
The straws that really stir “The Social Network” are director David Fincher and screenwriter Aaron Sorkin. Fincher, not exactly known for his warm-hearted tales, is the perfect man for the job here. This is a tale about greedy, privileged people all on the lookout for themselves, without a care in the world as to who it would potentially destroy. From serial killers in “Seven” to the anachronistic schizophrenic in “Fight Club”, Fincher is fantastic at making the worst part of humanity a thrilling thing to watch.
While Fincher’s skills are definitely on display, the real star of the show is Jesse Eisenberg’s mouth saying Aaron Sorkin’s words. There really could not have been a better choice to play the smug, insecure, passive-aggressive Mark Zuckerberg. Eisenberg tears through the Sorkin script and keeps you wanting more and more. There are moments in which Eisenberg silently stares at other actors after they say something challenging to him. These small pauses, in which he’s just sizing up the perfect reactionary statement, are as intense and thrilling as most big screen car chases. With out a doubt, Eisenberg is ready for the big time.
There is no doubt that “The Social Network” should be considered one of the best films to be released in 2010 to this point. However, there is something missing, which may or may not be intentional. There just isn’t any heart in this movie. I found myself not caring much about any of these people. The only sympathetic character, Garfield’s Eduardo, is the only person that you may find yourself caring about, but even he is so naive that you can see his eventual demise coming a mile away. For that reason only, “Inception” is still at the top of my 2010 list. However, “The Social Network” is a must see film, if only to witness the lengths at which Generation Y will go for power, success, and money.