October 1, 2010

Movie Review: The Social Network (aka "The Facebook Movie")

Most things are invented by geeks and if it isn’t for certain geeks, we would probably still be living in tree houses and riding horses. “The Social Network” is a movie base on Facebook which follows the company founder Mark Zuckerberg from back in his anti-social Harvard days to him becoming the youngest billionaire in the country. Of course, the more successful you get, the more people wants a piece of you.

The movie was well casted. Jesse Eisenberg, who plays Mark Zuckerberg, actually has similar but more “Hollywood” resemblance as Zuckerberg in real life. Justin Timberlake’s another attempt at acting was surprisingly respectable, and Armie Hammer, who plays the role of twins Tyler and Cameron Winkelvoss like he was made for the role.


Left: Jesse Eisenberg who plays Mark Zuckerberg; Right: Mark Zuckerberg

I also thought that Trent Reznor did a wonderful job with the movie’s instrumental score. Then again, I’m always a fan of Nine Inch Nails. Reznor is a genius for integrating the most random everyday noises into a song.


Favourite quote: [Tyler Winkelvoss talking about giving Mark Zuckerberg a
beating] "I'm 6'5", 220 pounds, and there are two of me."

Even though the movie might be based on a true story, you never know how much has been fabricated for entertainment purposes like every other “based on a true story” movies. But really, there aren’t many real life events that are interesting as-is to be made into film, other than movies about ruthless world leaders, and… Jersey Shore. Yeah, sometimes I question humanity as well.

But it doesn’t matter how much the film is actually what it really happened, it is also a cautionary tale of mixing friendship with business. The put-downs and one-liners are hilarious enough to watch as is.

The movie is a must see. After all, don't you want to know how Facebook got started?

I give it 4.5/5 facebook friends.



68 comments:

  1. and i'm watching coz andrew garfield is in it. and Facebook history must be interesting.
    i think Twitter owners should make their own movie as well. haha

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  2. When I saw Zuckerberg on tv I said WOW they did great job of casting. Like Fantastic when it came to him. And the choir version of "Creep" In the trailer totally had me sold on viewing it months ago when me and the BF so inception.

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  3. I think I'll wait for someone to upload it on megavideo so i can watch it on streaming. In Italy it takes months before a movie comes in the theaters.

    Thanks for the review

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  4. Oh, I can't wait to see this for myself! Lucky you for catching it early!

    I've been eager to watch this move ever since I saw the trailer months ago. Awesome post! :D

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  5. I like Jesse Eisenberg. I first saw him in that indie movie The Squid and the Whale, he's good. I'm looking forward to seeing this one even though I'm not a fan of facebook.

    And oh boy I totally agree with you, geeks and nerds are totally underrated, LOL. Without them, we won't have all the cool techie things we're enjoying now :)

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  6. i really wanna watch this movie!

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  7. I can't wait to see this movie. :)

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  8. wow great chance u got there girl. Must had fun. :) i am waiting for this in the theater am gonna watch it soon, am just curious about the ceo. :) thanks for sharing the review!

    Enjoy ur weekend!

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  9. To be honest, I don't even like talking about Facebook (events, who broke up with who, yadda yid yah..) so I don't think I'm going to watch this movie at the theater. I will however, rent it and watch it at home. I am a little intrigued since you gave it a good review though...

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  10. At first, I wasn't interested in seeing this movie. But Jesse Eisenberg (who I love!) and David Fincher (who I also love) might have sold me on watching this movies!

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  11. I use to work at radio station too! Actually I'm still in the radio biz just not at a particular radio station.

    I'm sort of interested in seeing this movie. I wasn't to much about it until I started reading veiws and seeing all the buzz about it. Also mostly since JT is in it...haha

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  12. Julie i don't care what the movie is about but i am going to see it because my bf JT is in it. hahah! glad to hear he's decent....

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  13. Hey :-)

    I didn't know you worked at a radio station, and if I might add, one of the MOST COOLEST JOBS IN THE WORLD! At least to me. Hm, I might go check out the movie, I can't think straight this very moment because while I'm typing (this very second) someone is playing LOUDLY Britney's "Womanizer" while dancing off-beat like Taylor Swift did in the first 30 seconds of "You Belong to Me" .... *looks over* Really? Smh. It's actually funny, but cheesy. Wait how can I even see her?! *side eyes then hides face* LOL.

    You should go see "Let me In" and "let me know" was it any good, ha. I love Rated R movie, but some I couldn't go see. Like for ex: The Last Exorcism. Everybody was breaking their next and blending over backwards like Ashley Bell to go see that movie, I was somewhere side eyeing and drinking holy oops I mean flavored water like "Um, No." They said it was GOOD.....yeah and they also said they didn't use any make-up or special effects for some scenes. Maybe it was and maybe they didn't. I'll never know haha.

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  14. wow, 4.5/5 stars? i wasn't expecting this movie to be good at all but i may just see it :P it's times like this, i wish i was a mega nerd. haha!

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  15. I wasn't going to see this movie, but maybe I will. Glad it's good though because I do like the cast.

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  17. I've been wanting to see this movie, more reassured after you gave it 4.5 stars! haha plus Brenda Song is in it.. finally she has a bigger role besides Disney show. I heard the movie was not accurate of how FB really started (according to the real zuckerberg) but I'm sure it'll still be a great story to watch.

    p.s. I'll personally ask Bok Choy Apparel to ship to Canada, or I'll do the shipping for you if you're interested (I can meet up with them to pick up the tees hehe). dang I sound like a sales person.. =__= haha anyways just let me know :)

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  18. When I heard it over the news, I was like.. that looks boring :I and then when you reviewd it, I was then.. maybe I should go see it first xD

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  19. I've heard it's supposed to be really good, but I think I'll wait till it's downloadable!

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  20. LOL, always good to wonder about humanity.

    I'm glad you mentioned about fabrication. I wonder how much of what I know about history (or anything, really) is wrong thanks to movies. Oh, well, as long as I think I'm right, that's the important thing.

    Have a nice weekend!

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  21. I loved Jesse Eisenberg in Zombieland and he looks just as adorably awkward in this movie. Doesn't his voice remind you of Michael Cera though? It took ages to be able to tell them apart. :S Any plans to see that other social media movie, Catfish?

    P.S. Just spotted myself in your blogroll. Thanks! I've added you to mine under "Favourite Reads."

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  22. it seems kind of funny that they have made a movie about facebook...lol

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  23. Great review!! Thinking about going to see it tonight if we can get tickets ;)

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  24. i saw the trailer at the cinema it made me laugh so much. I don't think i could watch it and take it seriously...

    Maybe i'll watch it when ive grown to the idea XD

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  25. Thanks for the review and rating, good to know Justin Timberlake did not suck, haha!:D

    Have a wonderful weekend!:D

    ***** Marie *****
    allthingsmarie.com

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  26. Oh 4.5 stars is good, I wanna watch! And that Asian girl in the pic is so pretty!! I'm glad they picked a pretty girl instead of the usual dorky Asian :\

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  27. I actually wanted to see this, but was a little skeptical because I didn't know if it'd be any good, thanks for the review!!

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  28. ahaha thats so true. if it weren't for the geeks then we wouldn't have anything. i really want to watch that movie actually.. i hate brenda song though LOL. so i hate how shes in there. i'll still watch the movie though!

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  29. I know lots of people who want to see this. Nearly every one in my family has a Facebook -even my DAD! I don't have one though so I guess that's why I'm not excited for it! Liked your review though -will probably watch once it's out on Bluray/DVD.

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  30. LOL.. Brenda Song.. I didn't know she was in there! I think she went out with Miley Cyrus' freaky looking brother.

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  31. Hmmmmm I'm deciding whether or not we should take in this movie or The Town tomorrow...your review has me leading to this one!

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  32. I think I will go watch this movie now! LOLS

    xx Diana

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  33. I have to check it out. Sounds pretty interesting!
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  34. Ah, I SO want to see this!
    I saw the trailer at it had an incredible cover of a Radiohead song, and I it immediately intrigued me. Sometimes I like trailers better than the movies themselves - trailers are just so cool...
    Romany
    xx

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  35. Is that Justin timberlake ?? woo cant wait to see this movieee!! :D

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  36. I really can't wait to see this!

    love Grace.

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  37. Hmmmm now I kinda hafta see this film. I was ready to bash it these past few weeks but I really respect your opinion and now want to give it a chance.

    I read a brilliant Rolling Stone article on the history of facebook and it left me with a pretty bitter taste in my mouth for Mark. It will be interesting to see Hollywood's version.

    It's so very strange to think that a guy my age not only created the biggest social network site in history but is also an uber-billionaire. Makes me feel insignificant...sigh.

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  38. Oh I saw a commercial for that movie and I really appreciate your review! Do I spy a Justin Timberlake... :]]

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  39. i wanna watch this movie !!
    but not sure if it's coming to indo though :/

    thanks soo much for stopping by at my blog :)
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  40. Thank you for the review. Will definitely check it out now. :) Not sure when yet because my husband is really not a fan of Mark Zuckerberg in real life.

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  41. I really want to see this movie. I've find it always interesting to get to know the stories behind big successes!
    Oh, btw, I like your blog, so I nominated you for a beautiful blogger award ^^

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  42. Hi J!

    How are you? Not sure if I'll watch in this the theatre but definitely will see it at some point. So, are we on today?

    Just text me okay? I'll be off the internet now.
    See you soon!

    ML

    p.s. Do you want me to send pic/text for the give-away or whatever is in my blog will suffice?

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  43. I just saw a review of this movie on CNN and they said Mark Zuckerberg doesn't want to watch the movie, maybe it brings back bad memories to him. Anyway, I have to admit, I have become kind of a FB addict and I don't like it.
    What happened to our society? You see people that are outside checking out their FB on their Iphone constantly, when they should spend time with people that are actually around.

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  44. I cant wait to see that movie ! Tomorrow maybe...:)
    Also, I'm stopping by to say that I nominated you as a winner of The Versatile Blogger Award. You can claim it on my home page. Http://mlletrendy.blogspot.com
    xx,
    Mlle Trendy

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  45. Wow, what a great and insightful review. It has been a long time since I read such a good review. It is better than most of the ones you see in the newspapers. :-)

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  46. Hmm...I had decided that I wasn't interested in this movie, not sure why. But the reviews, including yours, have been really positive...might have to change my mind and see it after all. Thanks for posting!

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  47. Thanks for the review, I was 50/50 about watching this movie but now I want to see! Man, y couldn't i be that guy? lol

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  48. I seriously cannot wait to see this movie and reading your review has made me want to see it even more!!! THANK YOU HUN :)

    THAT GOOD GOOD BLOG

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  49. HHAHAHAHA Justin Timberlake lol ooo thanks for the review, will check it!

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  50. i am waiting for the movie too
    hope you have a wonderfull weekend, i have a real good time
    hugs
    nadine

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  51. I hope that movie will be played here in my country , my country sucks :/ Thanks for the review !

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  52. I wanna see it! And I expected JT's acting to be good. He did REALLY good in Alpha Dog. I am biased because I love him and I have since I was about 8 when I was obsessed with him & `Nsync BUT he's super talented!

    Quench Fab

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  53. one of the most movie that i hve to watch his month. i think this movie will be one of the most phenomeal movie in this year..
    wanna see Justin too :)

    have a great october dear..

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    in Love&Light
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  54. eww brenda song is in it lol. i want to see it too! looks so dramatic

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  55. SO living in Europe makes you so clueless about Hollywood stuff (not always a bad thing as I prefer independent or foreign movies anyway). I had no clue they had made a movie about how fb started but since your review is so good I might just watch it when I am back home for XMAS or if it arrives here before that!
    xoxo

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  56. I've really been looking forward to this movies. I have heard tons of good things about it. Even if it is more of a fictionalized account of the facebook story, it looks good! Plus, my inner 12 year old totally still has a crush on Justin Timberlake! I'm hoping to get to see the movie sometime this week.

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  57. Do you know I am actually quite tempted by this. From your review it sounds as if I should go with an open mind and be prepared for some comedy, so we'll see (part of me reaaaaaaaaaaally wants to go see that new dark Pokemon movie where Ash grows up and discards his childhood poke days) aaaah jazzy ♥

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  58. Wow, that's such a high rating! Maybe I'll have to go and check this out after all!

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  59. I've heard a lot of good things about this movie.

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  60. I was afraid that the movie would be total crap, but it's apparently not :p I might go and see it !

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  61. I really want to see that movie!

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  62. aww thank you for the sweet, sweey comments about my grandmother. your pictures are so cute! i want to see that movie

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  63. lovely blog & I agree that this movie was great!

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  64. thanks for the movie review!! I actually haven't even heard of it til you posted it! T_T to add more to my sad life, not only have I never been to sephora/ulta (well til this past wkd), but I also don't have any type of tv programming to watch tv.

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  65. Agreed!

    i loved this movie.

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