“The Social Network” Review
This past weekend was my fall break and I had the chance to see “The Social Network“. In a previous post I had discussed what I thought it would be like, but now its time for my real review.
First off, I thought it was incredibly interesting. There were some slow parts but certainly very interesting. Jessie Eisenberg who plays Mark Zuckerberg did an excellent job acting.
What the film really made me think of though was how Facebook has evolved and what the story actually is. How off from the truth was the movie?
Over the years, Facebook has certainly evolved. It used to be only for college students from select universities, and now anybody can join. In addition to the change in members, the format of the page has also gone through a make-over.
Facebook started with just the basics with a profile and soon evolved to have a wall, pictures, groups and pages. Now, Facebook is used by everybody with the fastest growing age group being women ages 55-65 as determined by the blog Inside Facebook. Facebook has certainly evolved; whether it is good or bad, you tell me.
When it comes to the story of the politics behind Facebook and Mark Zuckerberg, I wanted to find the truth. The story with Eduardo Saverin does seem to line up pretty nicely according to Saverin’s Wikipedia page. The biggest difference I found were the number which were off in the movie. According to an article on ValleyWag, Saverin is still not credited as a co-founder of Facebook.
As for the lawsuits, owners of ConnectU have sued Zuckerberg for stealing their idea. Zuckerberg did programming for ConnectU the fall before the start of Facebook in February 2004 and has been claimed to have stolen the idea. The case has been settled once but since has resurfaced.
Overall, I thought the film positioned Zuckerberg in a bad light which was not fully necessary in my opinion.
What do you think about this whole mess?