Friday, October 01, 2010

Review: "The Social Network":
"'The Social Network' is not a documentary. It is a dramatization, Fincher and screenwriter Aaron Sorkin's take on recent history, adapted from Ben Mezrich's 'The Accidental Billionaires.' In an interview, Sorkin has said that Zuckerberg emerges in the film as a kind of 'tragic hero,' which is exactly what you would say if you'd just portrayed a billionaire as barely a human being.
But make no mistake, whether the movie is fair or horribly unfair - I know nothing of the actual facts and can't make that determination - its portrait of Zuckerberg is a hatchet job of epic and perhaps lasting proportions."

When Mark Zuckerberg's IM chats were made public it cemented my distaste for him and his creation. All it took though was Aaron Sorkin to make me almost root for the guy. And Sorkin has also caused me to re-think my position on bio-pics in general. Because of the unique power of film, filmmakers MUST stick to the facts as much as possible IF you are using real names or else make it glaringly obvious that the work is fiction as in "Inglourious Basterds". Sorkin does nothing of the kind and in fact what makes this film all the more repellent is how it is using Zuckerberg and Facebook to provide legitimacy and relevance and import to its product. Zuckerberg may well be a despicable human being but using despicable means to get back at him is just that: despicable.

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