CinemaDave (cinemadave) wrote,

"The Social Network" is a slice of today

Every new decade seems to produce a motion picture that is a time capsule for it’s year. For example, **Midnight Cowboy** reeks of 1969. The same could be said of **The Social Network,** which heralds, a new generation of young talent for the next decade, most notably Jessie Eisenberg and Rooney Mara. Given his character role as the blustery inventor of Napster, Justin Timberlake is now considered the "old man" of this actor's ensemble.

Based on a true story, **The Social Network** opens with Mark Zuckerberg (Eisenberg) and Erica Albright (Mara) speaking Aaron Sorkin dialogue for nearly five minutes. The couple breaks up. Incensed with the break up and inspired by his own genius, Zuckerberg disses his former girlfriend on the internet and the seed of “Facebook” is born.

Partnering with Sean Parker (Timberlake), Zuckerberg and his college cronies grow Facebook into an internet staple, within a relatively short period of time. Fast success breeds jealousy and Zuckerberg confronts rivals who used to be allies.

**The Social Network** is PG-13 and is a film for young people. While the
pseudo- intellectual dialogue is as cardboard as a Shakespearean monologue, writer Aaron Sorkin deserves credit for reaching the mythological abstract of King Midas in a modern context.. Following the Aristotelian principles of story telling, the final scene has a payoff that is reflects upon opening scene. **The Social Network** is nowhere near the best picture qualities of **The King’s Speech** or **Toy Story 3,** but **The Social Network** will have an impact on the next decade of motion pictures.
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