Saturday, October 9, 2010

Why I "Like" The Social Network

Dynamic, brilliant, and witty. That’s the best way I can describe the Facebook movie, or as it’s called The Social Network.

Many will criticize the film for its inaccuracies, but those that do so need to remember that it is not meant to be a documentary. That would be boring. That would not have the pizzazz that defines this film.

Let’s be honest, fiction is often more interesting than fact; our imaginations often take us to more exciting places than our realities do.

At least The Social Network is truthful to the overall story: it tells the story of a Harvard student who creates a successful social networking website and becomes the youngest billionaire in the world.

What amazes me about the film is that although it essentially revolves around web programming and court disputes, it feels as if a millions thing happen. The Social Network feels more like an action film than anything else. I think this is because of two reasons: the dialogue and music.

The script, which is written by Aaron Sorkin, is colorful and clever, sometimes so much so that it’s hard to keep up. The actors, especially the one played by Mark, speak quickly and wittingly. So if you blink, you’ll miss a lot.

Like most, I never like to go to the bathroom while watching a movie, but this is a film where you really don’t want to miss a moment. If you miss a scene in The Social Network, it feels like you missed something important—and that’s because every scene and every line is as meaningful as the next.

The music, orchestrated by Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross, is stylistically up tempo and drives the film forward. It is exceptionally done and serves to create the suspenseful, energetic tone of the film. Together, the script and music make Mark’s journey to create Facebook feel like Bruce Lee kicking ass.

What separates this film from others is the acting. It is, to put it simply, nearly perfect. The actors, especially the one who plays Mark, deliver their lines sharply and crisply. Through their styles, expressions, and tones, each character develops their unique identity and adds depth to the film.

But what surprised me the most was the dynamic acting of Justin Timberlake, who plays Sean Parker, the inventor of Napster. He is incredibly believable and his chemistry with Mark is remarkable.

In the end, great acting makes the audience forget that what is occurring on screen is not real. It makes the audience care about the challenges the characters are facing. The Social Network accomplishes this.

You develop strong feelings for the characters. You loathe the twins and their friend for trying to take credit for the idea of Facebook. You also empathize with Eduardo (the co-founder) for feeling betrayed. And you become a fan of Mark for his undying passion to create the ultimate social network.

I just changed my Facebook status, and it reads, “The Social Network is great.”