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Movie Review – The Social Network

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I’m a huge film lover and see a crazy amount of them at the cinema, normally 2-5 a week, but often I’m going along only for the enjoyment of cinema and the thrill it can bring, rather than any distinguishable reason for each film. Though every so often I do get incredibly excited about a particular film, and if I do, it’s normally for the big budget blockbusters that you can’t see anywhere else other than at the cinema, and which are made only by the big film studios. That was until David Fincher decided to make a film based around the forming of ‘Facebook’, called ‘The Social Network’. At first I thought a film based on that would be boring, but seeing as Fincher is such a genius, I decided to look into the story and so I read the book ‘The Facebook Effect’. This was an amazing book, telling an amazing story about how this huge company came about from the mind of one man, Mark Zuckerberg, while he studied at Harvard University. So my interest levels in the film shot through the roof and I waited impatiently for the film to hit the cinemas.

“On a fall night in 2003, Harvard undergrad and computer programming genius Mark Zuckerberg sits down at his computer and heatedly begins working on a new idea. In a fury of blogging and programming, what begins in his dorm room soon becomes a global social network and a revolution in communication. A mere six years and 500 million friends later, Mark Zuckerberg is the youngest billionaire in history... but for this entrepreneur, success leads to both personal and legal complications.”

Did I say Fincher was a genius? Well, that’s because he is! This film perfectly took the audience on a journey that dumbfounded, due to the amazingly high level of technical jargon these young Harvard students used, inspired and, more importantly, entertained. I was figuratively glued to the screen throughout the film as it never let up with the verbal diarrhoea of the characters, and the increasingly complicated relationship and business structure of the company and the people involved. This was, of course, a dramatisation of the truth as the book I read, which was pro Zuckerberg, and the book the film was based on, ‘Accidental Billionaires’, which was anti Zuckerberg, told slightly different versions of the same story and I’m sure the ‘real’ truth was in there somewhere.  But, like they say, never let the truth get in the way of a good story, and I think this was one of the best films I’ve seen in a while, and I see a lot of amazing films!

10 out of 10 from me.  

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