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3.0 out of 5 stars Good film but SO over-rated, 15 Feb 2011
This review is from: The Social Network (2-Disc Collector's Edition) [DVD] [2011] (DVD)
I saw this at the cinema and whilst it is an intriguing look into the birth of a global phenomenon that has caused us all to waste a lot of our precious time, it is just not an amazing film; but it is good.
The plot is essentially based around greed - everyone is trying to get a piece of the very big pie that was cooked up in various college kitchens; but the head chef (Zuckerberg) doesn't want to share the pie with anyone; even though his best friend paid for all of the ingredients.
Zuckerberg is undoubtedly the brains and passion behind "facebook" and he naturally deserves the lion's share of the profits generated by his hard work and imagination; but he is rather cold and dismissive of the role that others played and this makes it difficult to like him; he is very awkward which is typified in the opening scene in which his girlfriend quickly becomes his ex-girlfriend after Zuckerberg showcases his patronising charms. This rejection from his girlfriend fans the flames of Zuckerberg's creative computer geek-wizardry and he - like all great artists - uses his hurt to create something masterful. Whilst you feel for him to some extent, there isn't enough to like about him to enjoy his ride despite the exciting moments where he comes up with classic "facebook" features such as "relationship status" and "the wall".
Other characters are more engaging, especially Zuckerberg's best friend, Eduardo Saverin - played by the increasingly impressive Andrew Garfield; in fact all the performances are great including Justin Timberlake's rock 'n' roll portrayal of "napster" nerd, Sean Parker.
The film is good, but nothing amazing happens, the heart is not touched, it is hardly inspiring, none of the characters' inner journeys are fantastic enough to evoke empathy. The film is based on a true story so it is unrealistic to expect the plot or the characters to be close to perfect; but if a film is not truly inspiring, I personally disagree with it being lauded as great, regardless of how well it is made; like with music and art - it is surely about how it makes you feel?
It is very interesting and thought provoking but I cannot help but feel that a website called "facebook" is nominated for awards rather than a film called "The Social Network".
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