Saturday, October 2, 2010

The Social Network

“I wanna be a billionaire….so freakin bad…..” .  You have probably heard the lyrics to the song “Billionaire” by Travie McCoy.  Well I have finally found out the secret to becoming a billionaire.  Invent Facebook.

So I’m going to be honest and say that I didn’t really want to see this movie when I first saw the trailer for it a few months ago.  A Facebook movie? Really? 

I am addicted to Facebook enough, I don’t think I need to go see a movie about Facebook.

But you all know me.  I have to see every movie.  A couple days before the movie came out it had a 100% rating on  That never happens.  If you have ever logged on to rottentomatoes to find out a movie’s rating, you never see 100%. Ever.  So I had some high expectations for this movie going into it.  And let me tell you, they were met once again.

Do you know the story of Facebook? I had no idea.  I had no idea of how it was created, who created it, when it was created, or why it was created.  Facebook now has over 500 million members so it probably wouldn’t be a bad idea to brush up on your history.  I am not saying that this movie is completely accurate, but I am saying that it is interesting enough to go see. 

As always, I don’t want to talk too much about the movie itself because I don’t want to ruin it for those who have not seen it yet. But I will say this much.  I wanted to delete my Facebook account the minute after I saw the movie.  Last week I saw Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps and learned that “greed is good.”  Once again, this point was reinforced after watching this movie.  Mark Zuckerberg is a not exactly greedy, but just stupid.

“But Justin he invented Facebook! He is a GENIUS.”

“I know, he is stupid in the sense that he has absolutely no understanding of how to maintain relationships with people.  He takes advantage of people and doesn’t understand the consequences of his actions….until he is being sued for millions of dollars.”

The movie is really bleak.  There is no hero.  No one wins.   The movie is a real winner though.  It has already stirred up alot of Oscar talk and it is sure to win some awards.  The acting was phenomenal.  Mark Zuckerberg is played by Jesse Eisenberg.  I am pretty sure that this movie is his shot to fame.  He was so believable in his character and as you are sitting there watching the movie you forget that he is acting.  I have never met Mark Zuckerberg personally, but for better or worse, I will always picture him the way that Eisenberg portrays him.

My initials are J. T. Guess who else shares my initials?! Justin Timberlake....Mr. J.T.  Justin Timberlake plays Sean Parker, the inventor of Napster.  I had no idea, but I guess Parker was somehow connected with the launch of Facebook and owns parts of the company.  Justin Timberlake was awesome in his role.  I also think that he could be successful in an acting career if he wanted to give up singing.  But then again, I like the song Sexy Back, so from one Justin to another, "Justin, don't give up your music career."

The other actors are just amazing too. The 2.5 hours movie fly by.  I walked out of the theater amazed that I was so entertained watching a movie where the entire movie is mostly talking and computer programming.  (And some partying).  This movie is so engaging and you really don't notice that it is really a long movie.

“That sounds amazing Justin!”

“Go see it then!”

I loved it.  I have no more to say.  Just go see it. I came home and bought two books off to learn more about the history of how Facebook got started.  Yeah….I liked this movie enough to spend more money on finding out more about it.


  1. So do you have some more comments about the the movie itself? How was Justin Timberlake's acting?

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  3. Thanks JT. :) Sounds interesting. As always, love hearing your reviews. I am curious as to why you, of all people, would even consider deleting your fb account??? Guess I'll have to see the movie!

  4. I liked the additional info! Thanks man. We've been thinking about seeing it, now I think we'll have to check it out. I liked the part about "Dont give up the music career."
    Thanks for the input man, I think we'll go check it out.

  5. dear jt,
    i agree with reilly--you are easily influenced by media. but i see dead people. no biggie.
    love tens

  6. Dude, this movie totally fascinated me. The drama behind Facebook's birth was amazing. So I'm curious to know what you think of the two books that you've since purchased. So maybe an update on those once you read through them would be cool. I am too am interested in the truest version of the story. Give me a heads up! And, what are the names of the books you bought?