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On-Camera Review: The Social Network

by Eric Melin on October 1, 2010

in Video Reviews

Here’s my video review of David Fincher‘s “The Social Network” from KTKA-49.

Last week I blasted Oliver Stone’s formulaic “Wall Street” sequel for being set in the present but somehow feeling totally and completely irrelevant.

The same can’t be said of the movie that most everybody will simplify by calling it “The Facebook Movie.” “The Social Network” is immediate. It’s where we’re at. It’s here and now—a perfect example of lightning in a bottle.

David Fincher, the director of “Fight Club,” and Aaron Sorkin, the creator of “The West Wing” have joined forces to tell the story of Mark Zuckerberg, a Harvard computer nerd with a chip on his shoulder that’s almost as big as his ego.

Sometimes brilliant, world-changing ideas come from pain, and in “The Social Network,” a 600-billion dollar company is borne out of an eye-opening breakup with a girl and Zuckerberg’s bitter resentment towards the rich and privileged.

Jesse Eisenberg plays Zuckerberg, who may be the most condescending character to ever appear onscreen. The big question of the movie is: How aware is he of his own power to hurt? The other question, which matters far less in the grand scheme of things, is—who created Facebook?

But this movie isn’t about Facebook. It’s about societal structures and how they factor into every facet of our lives. It’s about unchecked ambition and what friendship is worth. It’s about the destructive tendencies of power and how different success looks now than it did even 10 years ago.

Watching a movie with a snappy pace, whip-smart dialogue, and so many interesting things to say about where we are as a country right now is such a pleasure. In the one minute I have here, I may have made the movie sound like an intellectual exercise—it’s not. It’s the whole package—pure entertainment.

Eric is the Editor-in-Chief of Scene-Stealers.com and writes for The Pitch. He’s former President of the KCFCC, and drummer for The Dead Girls, Ultimate Fakebook, and Truck Stop Love . He is also Air Guitar World Champion Mean Melin. Eric goes to 11. Follow him at:

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