I’m more of a “I might check that out on DVD” person than a “I must see that movie as soon as it comes out” person, but being a total social media groupie, I almost felt compelled to see ‘The Social Network,’ a movie about the rise and rise of Facebook and it’s founder, Mark Zuckerberg.
Prior to seeing the movie, I’d heard good things from people that I know who’d already seen it, but I take people’s opinions on movies with a grain of salt. I still can’t believe that ‘movie critic’ is a real, well-paying job. How about I’ll just see the movie and form my own opinion? Imagine my pleasant surprise at being genuinely entertained by this movie.
I didn’t enter into watching ‘The Social Network’ with any preconceived notions or opinions, but I left with a few. 1) Mark Z. is really socially inept. 2) Mark Z. is too damn smart for his own good. 3) Mark Z. is the youngest billionaire in the world. Wow. 4) There are certain people in this world who can do anything and still come out on the other end pretty much unscathed. 5) I should’ve paid more attention to programming in my HS computer class.
I have to say, casting Justin Timberlake as Sean Parker was a smooth move. He did well; though the throwback curls had me expecting JC, Lance, Chris and Joey to pop up at any moment and start singing ‘Bye Bye Bye.’
All in all, this was a fun watch. I recommend going to see it if you have any interest in social networking, computer programming, ultra-smart, young white and/or Jewish kids who become sickeningly wealthy or ‘based on a true story’ dramadies. Or you can just wait for it to come out on DVD.