Triangle Arts and Entertainment – News and Reviews Theatre Dance Music Arts

The Social Network

By Lorraine Messina

A great film based on the book Accidental Billionaires by Ben Mezrich. The story is about college student Mark Zuckerberg who had the foresight and great computer programming ability to create the social web site Facebook.

The film is very engaging. You can’t take your eyes off the screen so as to not miss one drop of the action. My theater audience was so engrossed in the film that there were only short bursts of laughter during the more humorous potions of the film. Almost as if the laughter was on command.

In interviews Mark Zuckerberg has stated that the movie is overly glamorous and is a fictitious account of what occurred. I would have to agree with Mr. Zuckerberg. I did think the movie portrayed Mr. Zuckerberg as rather mean spirited and I think in actuality his character is not accurately portrayed in the movie. There are other parts of the plot that depict Mr. Zuckerberg’s motive for creating Facebook was due to one individual. This in fact may or may not have been the case.

Mr. Jesse Eisenberg did a great job portraying Mark Zuckerberg. The only suggestion I would have is that I think that Mr. Eisenberg should have given Mr. Zuckerberg’s character a little more depth. Like I said before I don’t think he is as mean spirited as the movie makes him out to be. I think there is a compassionate side of Mr. Zuckerberg that could have been demonstrated in the film.

Justin Timberlake played Sean Parker the co-founder of Napster. Napster as you may recall is a music downloading web site. For the most part I think Mr. Timberlake brought the essence of Mr. Parker’s character to the screen. The portrayal of Mr. Parker seemed a little one dimensional put the story is so fascinating that the small details don’t hurt the excitement of the movie.

A great movie to see. Keep in mine that the movie is rated PG-13 and there are portions of the movie dealing with college life that you may not want younger members of the family to view.

Mark Zuckerberg – Jesse Eisenberg
Eduardo – Andrew Garfield
Sean Parker – Justin Timberlake
Cameron/Tyler – Armie Hammer
Divya – Max Minghella
Erica – Rooney Mara
Marilyn – Rashida Jones

Directed by David Fincher
Written by Aaron Sorbin
Based on the book Accidental Billionaires by Ben Mezrich

Tagged as: , ,