Monday, October 4, 2010

"You are not an asshole, you are just trying so hard to be one."

A story idea, whether original or an adaptation, could turn into a crappy movie if it is not executed well. That was certainly not the case with The Social Network, the recently released film about the founding of Facebook based on the non-fictional novel, "The Accidental Billionaires," written by Ben Mezrich. 

A well-adapted screenplay by Aaron Sorkin and the genius of director David Fincher surely made this movie a pleasure to watch. Editing is such a crucial part of the film-making process - it could make or break a movie. The technique of switching between the past and the present has been used before but it was executed so well by editors, Kirk Baxter and Angus Wall, by going back and forth between the law suits and the events that led to the law suits against Mark Zuckerburg, the Harvard student who founded Facebook. 

The supporting cast includes the good looking Andrew Garfield as Eduardo Saverin, co-founder of Facebook and Zuckerberg's best friend and the hot Justin Timberlake as Sean Parker, the founder of Napster and Zuckerberg's mentor, in addition to Armie Hammer as Cameron Winklevoss/ Tyler Winklevoss and Max Minghella as Divya Narendra, the three Harvard students, who claimed that Zuckerberg stole their idea by inventing Facebook. All of these actors gave excellent performances but Jesse Eisenberg no doubt stole the show as the socially awkward but brilliant programmer, Zuckerberg, who invented this social phenomenon to become a somebody rather than remain a nobody all his life. 

If you are not Facebook by now, I must ask - which rock have you been hiding under!? However, regardless of whether you are on Facebook or not, go check out this impeccable movie and find out why you should never piss off computer geeks! It will surely be $12 well-spent. 

This film has some fictional aspects as outlined in the article at  

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