at the movies: the social network

Last night, the boy and I had the opportunity to attend an advance screening of one of this year’s most hotly anticipated films.

The Social Network tells the story of Mark Zuckerberg’s creation of Facebook. We’ve all heard the near-mythical tale of the young Harvard geek who created the exclusive social networking site, The Facebook, but was sued by classmates who claimed he stole their idea.

I don’t know how true to life the story actually is – I get the impression that, like A Beautiful Mind, the creators have taken some rather dramatic artistic license. (Just to clarify, I don’t mean to compare real Mark Zuckerberg and real John Forbes Nash Jr.)

Regardless, the movie version of events is incredibly entertaining. I was surprised that the two hour movie actually held my attention the entire time (this is a movie about computer geeks after all) but Aaron Sorkin’s script is as fast-paced and witty as his The West Wing storylines.

Jesse Eisenberg is fantastic in the lead role, portraying Zuckerberg as I’d always imagined (but again, not necessarily as he actually is in reality). Strong support from Andrew Garfield as co-founder Eduardo Saverin, Justin Timerlake as Napster-founder Sean Parker, and Armie Hammer as the Winklevoss twins help make this the engrossing film it is.

I found it incredibly enjoyable and would recommend that all Gen-Ys (and even many non Gen-Y readers) check out this film – as long as you can deal with the fact that it’s probably not quite true to reality!

The Social Network is in Australian cinemas on Thursday.

Rating: ****

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