The Truth About Music: Play It Loud

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Review: Hi, I’m Jon, Facebook me.

The title of this article says it all. It is a phrase that is uttered nearly everyday of the year since 2004 and it is a phrase that will go down in history as a defining characteristic of this/my generation. If you couldn’t tell, I just got back from seeing “The Social Network” staring Jesse Eisenberg (Zombieland) and Justin Timberlake (N’SYNC), and I gotta tell you, I am impressed. The fall box office will certainly see its high of the season with this movie, because of the amazing story, the great acting, and the awesome directing.

Aaron Sorkin, best known for his work on “A Few Good Men”, and TV’s “The West Wing”, has done it again. Having written the screenplay and directed the film, his style and touch shines throughout.

This is not a film to see after a long work day, as the dialogue and the film itself is very fast paced. Eisenberg plays Mark Zuckerberg, and does a fantastic job delivering every line with intention and pompous sarcasm, as well as very humorous wit.

Based on the true story of the creation of Facebook, this story is beautifully told by showing Zuckerberg as he recounts the events in a series of flashbacks while he is being deposed by two different lawyers in two different law offices concerning two different law suits against him. Not wanting to give too much away, I’ll leave it at that.

Zuckerberg is portrayed as this nerdy genius who just wants to fit in and be a part of something, and when he is told that he is obsessed with this, he goes on to create one of the defining characteristics of this generation, The Facebook, as he initially dons it, becomes his brain child, but he can’t do it alone. Eduardo Saverin, played by Andrew Garfield, then Zuckerberg’s best friend becomes the “business” end of The Facebook, and puts up the initial funds to get the company up and running.

Throughout the entire movie, Zuckerberg is depicted as somewhat of an anti-hero. By this, I mean you kind of get angry with the way he goes about things, and slowly begin to hate him, but at the same time you can’t help but pull for him. When there is a hero, there also has to be a protagonist, and in this case there are a few, including the Winklevoss Twins and Divya Narendra, who sue Zuckerberg for stealing their idea, and then of course Sean Parker (Justin Timberlake), who plays the co-creator of Napster and while it looks like he wants to be Zuckerberg’s friend, one can figure out that he doesn’t have Zuckerberg’s best interests in mind, although without him Facebook would certainly not be what it is today.

The story is delivered in a manner that conveys the condition of today’s societal needs without directly saying that we are completely dependent on communication, and that the mere thought of not being included, invited, or in the loop literally scares the shit out of people, myself being one of them.

I highly recommend this film, and if you go see it, I also recommend that you pay close attention to every word because along with a powerfully triumphant story there is a ton of hidden humor and wit that the lackadaisical movie go-er may not pick up on.

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  • Comment by Anna Aurrichio posted October 02, 2010 at 16:26

    Well written. you’ve convinced me to go and see it. I’ll facebook you on my thoughts.

  • Comment by jon posted October 03, 2010 at 21:01

    correction: David Fincher is the director not Aaron Sorkin, but my statement still stands.