Friday, 15 October 2010
The Social Network
"The Social Network" - the film about Mark Zuckerberg, the creator of Facebook - is released this Friday. As Facebook and social networking in general has becoming an increasingly significant part of our lives (and is beginning to affect political campaigning and lobbying), this blog is certainly curious to know how Zuckerberg's story will be told. Aaron Sorkin, creator of The West Wing, is the chief writer, and although he has "fictionalised" some elements in the interests of drama and legal propriety, Zuckerberg's character and motivation (he created the initial version of Facebook at Harvard as a kneejerk reaction to being dumped by his girlfriend) come across very clearly. Whether this can be classed as a "History" film depends on whether Facebook will last long enough to be considered sufficiently significant, and whether you consider the events of 2003 too close to the present to be reflected on in this way.
If you go to watch it, we would be really interested to hear your opinion (including Justin Timberlake's acting performance...) so please leave your comments below...
PS: Here is a review from the Guardian and an interview with Aaron Sorkin.