Time to give more of your life to Facebook

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Ethan Perushek, Staff writer

Facebook empire and its creators. The movie portrays people in a new generation, our generation––the one of social networking in which our lives are truly impersonal and nothing is truly private.

This semi-true story shows Mark Zuckerberg (Jesse Eisenberg), co-founder of Facebook, dealing with the lawsuits that have followed since the commencement of Facebook.com.

Anchored in these lawsuits, the film breaks off into flashbacks to explain what has happened and how he has ended up being sued by his acquaintances and friend. The lawsuits include the Winklevoss twins (both played by Armie Hamer) suing him for stealing the idea for Facebook, and his best friend and co-founder of Facebook Eduardo Saverin (Andrew Garfield) suing him for a multitude of backstabbing maneuvers.

So it sounds like this Zuckerberg character is a piece of work, right? Well, yes and no. The way the script is written and the way Eisenberg portrays Zuckerberg is near perfect. You hate him yet you can’t help but feel that he means well and is just so socially inept that he can’t fathom how he is hurting people and how he has been swept up in this storm of legal storm of misfortune.

In fact, all of the characters are portrayed this way. The viewer never loathes any of the characters. Even though the insanely athletic and rich Winklevoss twins sued Zuckerberg, they never come off as complete jocks who have no clue what they are talking about. Even Sean Parker (Justin Timberlake), founder of Napster, who acts as an impulsive wild child, can not be viewed as a complete jerk, as he is merely another accidental billionaire whose immaturity made the pressure snowball.

And that’s what it boils down to with the relationship between Saverin and Zuckerberg. The power and wealth that they have accumulated is too much of a strain and that leads to the rift between them.

Beautiful camera shots don’t often happen in Harvard campus dorm rooms, but the cinematography was impressive as it focused on the characters in the most perfect moments of the scene. This is evident in the scene when there is chaos at a party and the director focuses on just Zuckerberg’s and Saverin’s reactions, and it works perfectly.

The music captured the very essence of each scene, whether the lyrical music that played at the fraternity parties of Harvard or just the subtle instrumental score.The score gave a perfect mixture of in-your-face blaring music and the very subtle almost nonexistent music, creating a perfect tandem.

“The Social Network” creates a perfect narrative, and the performances put on by all the actors, especially Garfield and Eisenberg, recreates the story perfectly.

But the most incredibly ironic point of the whole movie is that the most socially inept person creates the greatest social networking site this world has ever seen. “The Social Network” is an interesting reflection on our society, and the movie uses one of our society’s biggest symbols to show the struggles and triumphs of an accidental billionaire.