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There might be spoilers below, but quite frankly, it’s less about the story and more about the other stuff which makes ‘The Social Network‘ so good. So you decide whether or not to read on.



TSN (or ‘The Facebook Movie’, as it’s referred to by quite a few people) is possibly the non-nerdiest geeky movie of all times. Like what xkcd says, some people like being called geeks, some get offended, most people in either category don’t really know what a ‘geek’ is. It might be helpful to educate yourself on this.

I was unsure whether to be embarrassed of my nerd-roots or feel proud about them while watching the initial portions of TSN, when I could actually follow the things ‘Mark’ does to hack into websites to create the image database for his Facemash venture. It reminded me of things I’ve done (and people around me did) what seems like ages ago – writing scripts to download ‘pics’ from various websites and black-listing network id’s in the process; using codes to make the mundane and repetitive tasks less painful; spending a day to write a code to automate a 5 minute daily process (I do that sometimes at work even now, to be honest). But that was where the nerd bit ended.

After that, it was all about the idea. There’s been another very recent movie which focused on how powerful an ‘idea’ can be, equating it to a virus for emphasis. TSN is essentially about the underlying principle on which all social networks, virtual and real, are built on.

The lead actor Jesse Eisenberg – who, I have to mention, looks Jewisher than Jerry Seinfeld, the real Mark Zuckenberg and all others of his faith who have taken over Hollywood right now – manages to ensure that people don’t remember him as the kid from Zombieland or Adventureland, which is quite a feat. Justin Timberlake’s a bit weak playing a personality as colourful as Sean Parker (here’s a slightly long but quite interesting Vanity Fair profile), but otherwise the casting is quite spot on. The script is tight, fast and quite interesting. The director David Fincher (Fight Club, Se7en, Benjamin Button) has proven himself already, and the screenplay is by Aaron Sorkin who is one of the best in the business right now (A Few Good Men, Studio 60,)

The characters are well-sketched, the dialogues crisp and fast-paced, the humour cheesy and a bit forced at times, the interludes between friends-turned-foes, foes-still-foes and geeks-and-the-rest quite well played.

TSN is one of the best movies of this year, but not the best movie ever (disagreeing here with Scott Adams). It’s a fascinating insight into the evolution of something which has become so integrated with our lives – the poking, the tagging, the sharing, the ‘Liking’, everything. Lastly, it’s an ode to the people who’ve given us what is possibly the best gift of Facebook – ‘It’s Complicated.’


Written by sujaybedekar

October 17, 2010 at 6:29 pm

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