My wife is a member of the Screen Actors Guild (SAG), and as a result, we get advance DVD copies of movies so that my wife can watch the movies and vote in the SAG awards. I had wanted to see The Social Network, but missed it in the theatre, so now was my chance.
I’m glad I saved the $25 that two movie tickets would have cost.
It’s not that The Social Network is a bad movie: it has a compelling script, is well-photographed, and has excellent performances. The cast and crew have more than done their job in bringing the story of Facebook to life. But I very quickly came to the realization: I don’t like these people.
I remember old movies about how great enterprises came to be. Their founders struggled with practical problems, overcame them, and proudly succeeded. But we see nothing about the practical problems of creating Facebook: instead we see how its founder promptly got embroiled in lawsuits.
In fairness, perhaps I’m biased. Facebook, we’re told, is the social experience of college wrapped up in a Web site. Alas, I had no social life to speak of in college: we were all engineering nerds, and what few girls there were in class quickly got snapped up by the guys who were better at that sort of thing than me.
But if Jesse Eisenberg’s portrayal of Mark Zuckerberg is supposed to be what a modern captain of industry looks like, we’re all in deep, deep trouble.