After Dana Brunetti and Michael De Luca were announced as producers of Fifty Shades of Grey I thought I should rewatch the movie The Social Network. Since I had already seen, and enjoyed, the movie, that project went to the back burner. Then Dakota Johnson got cast as Anastasia Steele and it moved back up the project list.
For those of you who are unaware of the movie, it is about Mark Zuckerberg and the founding of Facebook. Here’s the movie description:
David Fincher’s The Social Network is the stunning tale of a new breed of cultural insurgent: a punk genius who sparked a revolution and changed the face of human interaction for a generation, and perhaps forever. Shot through with emotional brutality and unexpected humor, this superbly crafted film chronicles the formation of Facebook and the battles over ownership that followed upon the website’s unfathomable success. With a complex, incisive screenplay by Aaron Sorkin and a brilliant cast including Jesse Eisenberg, Andrew Garfield and Justin Timberlake, The Social Network bears witness to the birth of an idea that rewove the fabric of society even as it unraveled the friendship of its creators.
I have not read the book, but I know a few people who have and know the story, as much as people in social networking can. And there are some inaccuracies and Mark is played as an asshole, which I hear is only partially true. But with most of the actual players having NDA’s we’ll never know the real story. And so the movie does take some liberties. Getting past that, I still enjoyed the movie.
The movie has a great cast. Everyone did a great job. To this day whenever I see Jesse Eisenberg I think it’s Mark Zuckerberg, and I do know what Mark looks like. The pace of the movie is great, from the first scenes you are drawn into the character of Mark and the beginning of the idea for Facebook. There are few lulls in the movie and the ones that are there are brief. The script is written to make everyone else’s part play off of Mark Zuckerberg’s character. By that I mean that each character’s lines are meant to either bolster Mark, or differentiate the character from Mark. Eduardo, played by Andrew Garfield, really shows how the two compliment each other in the founding of the company. While Sean Parker, played by Justin Timberlake, brings a new fresh vibe to Mark. While all of these elements are not the direct responsibility of the producers, they are responsible to select the team and make sure that team is putting together a quality film.
As for Dakota Johnson, it’s a small part, but she does it well. While she could have played the part more slutty, it really isn’t. It’s more of the average drunk girl the morning after. Well at least when I was in college an unmentionable number of years ago. Yes, it’s small, but I’m giving her props for it. Oh, and she does speak a few lines of French, that will help Ana when she’s in France.
My favorite line from the movie is one that I think Christian Grey would agree with – “Harvard undergraduates believe that inventing a job is better than finding a job.”
Other then some departures from reality, I enjoyed this movie. Thought it was well put together and entertaining. They had a great use of music in the flim. This film give me more confidence in Team50.[iframe width=”560″ height=”315″ src=”//www.youtube.com/embed/lB95KLmpLR4″ frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen>