Monday, January 17, 2011

Movie Discussion: The Social Network

I watched The Social Network last night.  Since its release, my boss hounded me daily to watch the movie.  Rather than blow $20 to watch the movie with my wife, I waited and bought it for $13 on Amazon.

This feels like an intellectual movie that lacks intellect.  The connection with characters lasts as long as a scene at any particular point in time.  Not that I mind that style of production: it just fails with me in this context.  The skipping timeline is an impressive feat given the 2-hour length of the movie.

Am I supposed to connect with Mark Zuckerberg?  His character goes from a pretentious know-it-all to a pretentious know-it-all.  The twins?  Their characters go from smart jocks to smart jocks.  Eduardo Saverin? His character actually develops!  But the story isn't about him, all we get is that he is totally screwed out of a bunch of money.

Perhaps I'm being to critical?  Perhaps I had a misconception?  I think my friend, Chad, puts it best: "it's like a listing of facts; and the facts are actually wrong, a lot of times."  What did you think?

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