I went to see the movie about the creation of Facebook – The Social Network – last night. All weekend I’d been hearing people talk about it. One person even said something along the lines of, “I want to update my status about how good that movie was.” So, I went, I watched, I loved.
I wasn’t expecting to like it. I was expecting it to be another Ben Mezrich creation of fortune meets the already fortunate (we all remember 21). And while Zuckerberg, as a Harvard student, certainly didn’t go from rags to riches, he did create the website that literally defines a generation – my generation. My grandfather had the great depression, my father had Vietnam , my older cousins had Y2K, I have Facebook.
You may love him, you may hate him, you may care nothing about him, but one thing is certain after watching this film (even if some of it is fictional) – Mark Zuckerberg is a marketing, and computer, genius (with a little help from his friend Sean Parker.) The key to the success of Facebook was a grand vision – creating a company with a BIG goal (in the range of $1 Billion) and waiting to monetize until enough of the world’s population was sufficiently hooked on the “coolness” of it. The company is now worth upwards of $25 Billion. Not bad, Mr. Zuckerberg.
So, if you are debating on whether to go see it or not, GO. Despite your fascination (or lack there of) with Facebook, it is truly a great movie. Jesse Eisenberg is witty, funny and sarcastic to the core while even Justin Timberlake gives an admirable performance. The movie is truly a real and creepily accurate depiction of how success, socialization and coolness are defined in a time where a good portion of everyday life takes place in front of a monitor, a keyboard and reading status updates.Share