My Movie Review: ‘The Social Network’

by Norm Gregory on October 1, 2010

in Movies

Updated: October 3 2010

Am I the only one to note the irony that a guy with the really bad social skills ending up creating one of the all time social tools. That’s the story here. Word is Mark Zuckerberg has not seen and won’t see The Social Network . . probably a good idea. This movie experience was rather unique for me . . . and I am sure for many others . . . I don’t think there has been any other movie that going in I so well knew the real story . . . the whole story. I have followed the Facebook legend over years and I read the book. Playing the Facebook co-founder Zuckerberg is Jesse Eisenberg and he did something I didn’t think possible. He made me forget he was Jesse Eisenberg. (I have not been a fan.) In real life the chatter of these college kids certainly wasn’t as clever as Arron Sorkin’s script made them sound. Sorkin, who also has a very very small role in the film, is the genesis that made all these actors so entertaining. If the success of the sit-com The Big Bang Theory isn’t enough evidence that the techie world has gone mainstream — and — is a great source for comedy — then The Social Network should do it. Special note: The Friday afternoon crowd filled a medium size cinema at the downtown multi-plex. I was twice as old as anyone else in the group which looked like a Microsoft/amazon/Google staff meeting. The closing song, under the credits, was John Lennon singing “Baby, You’re a Rich Man” from the Beatles’ 1967 Magical Mystery Tour album. Okay I get it . . . but I agree with the many who ask isn’t there a more current song that could have done the job. It really sounded like 43 year old musty oldie. [ RT ]

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A curious box-office creature, Sony’s “The Social Network” appears more tortoise than hare.

The David Fincher-helmed drama about the creation of Facebook posted an estimated $23 million to top the domestic box office during the weekend. Yet the “Social” launch fell in the lower end of projections, despite showing broad demographic bandwidth. ● More from:

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Facebook Staff Takes a Company Field Trip to See “The Social Network”

It looks like the Facebook staff is taking the afternoon off to go see The Social Network!

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Why Facebook And Mark Zuckerberg Should Like The Social Network

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1 William Belle October 11, 2010 at 9:28 am

Saw your comment at Oye Times and thought I’d check out your site. You are a busy man.

Facebook: The enormity of it all. When the lawyer tells Zuckerman to pay the $65 million; it’s not worth a court case and the amount is merely a speeding ticket. Gawd, to realize that $65 million is only “chump change”? Wow.

Thanks, Norm. Enjoying your writings.

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