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Dec 292010
 

The problem with making a movie about events that occurred only six years ago is that the people involved are in a good position to find fault with the representation of such events. Since director David Fincher chose to use real names and events in The Social Network (colloquially known as the Facebook movie), without any qualifications, a movie goer is going to take the story presented here as fact.

Based on the 2009 book – The Accidental Billionaires – The Social Network is essentially an unmerited character assassination of Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg (TIME’s Person of the Year 2010). Zuckerberg is portrayed as a pathetic loser who stole the Facebook idea from Harvard schoolmates, betrayed his best friend and at the end, despite being the youngest billionaire on the planet, is still trying to impress an ex-college girlfriend. In fact, according to the film, that was his entire motivation for his ambition – “the girl that launched 500 million Facebook members”. Hurm.

What I find particularly risible and dumb in The Social Network is that we are told (by Rashida Jones’ irrelevant lawyer character – the director’s mouthpiece?) that Zuckerberg has to settle with his enemies (at a premium, mind you) for which his foes will sign a non-disclosure agreement. Yet here we are with thousands of people being privvy to this “confidential” information. Double hurm.

So how come The Social Network has been so highly acclaimed and well received thus far? Could it be that people are just so envious of Zuckerberg’s success that they are rubbling their grubby hands with glee over these revelations? I mean, already there is talk of an Oscar nomination. Seriously? Sure, Fincher knows how to tell a story and his narrative style has weight and momentum but does he have to bang our heads with his preachy anti-geek, anti-tech message?

Yes, I know it is only a film and all that but if you need to distort the truth so much in order to reach your audience, then I will submit that something is terribly flawed with your work. A good movie but seriously flawed.

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