The Social Network

Meh.  Like most of what Aaron Sorkin writes, this film is quick, witty, shallow and overrated.  Apparently, a lot of its central contentions about the motivations and actions of Facebook inventor Mark Zuckerberg aren’t really true so instead of being an exploration of the Facebook phenomenon the whole thing is really an exploration of what the invention of the social network means to the filmmakers…  which is something, I guess, but not really very much.

Great performances.  Fun to watch.  Totally forgettable.

By the way, here’s a fun fact about Sorkin.  He’s a very outspoken liberal–I have no problem with that–why shouldn’t he be?  But it’s interesting that the most famous thing he ever wrote is the “You can’t handle the truth,” speech from A Few Good Men:  the speech of a conservative.

“We live in a world that has walls. And those walls have to be guarded by men with guns. Who’s gonna do it? You? You, Lt. Weinberg? I have a greater responsibility than you can possibly fathom…  my existence, while grotesque and incomprehensible to you, saves lives…You don’t want the truth. Because deep down, in places you don’t talk about at parties, you want me on that wall. You need me on that wall.”

Sorkin made the conservative a villain, but the speech lives on because it’s true–and Sorkin really can’t handle it.  Which is why he’s a liberal.

Loved Malice, though.  Excellent little thriller.

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  • Mrsmdavis

    Malice still stands as one of my favorite thrillers… no doubt. We finally saw Social Network 2 nights ago and I must agree with your assessment. Entertaining, not memorable. Also, I have recently realized that almost all of the most memorable characters, lines, speeches in American cinema are conservatives/conservative ideas. Interesting….

  • Classic Liberal

    While MALICE had a wildly inventive crime at its center (allegedly stolen from a TV movie which aired a few years before) the movie itself was a disappointment. SPOILERS FOLLOW…

    The coincidence of a serial killer stalking the college campus at the same time the main skullduggery is going on is pretty ridiculous, and was presumably added to pad out a thin storyline. And the Final Twist at the end, where it’s revealed that the “eye witness” in the house next door is actually a harmless blind kid was so absurd as to be insulting.

    All of that aside, I do agree with your insight about Sorkin though, Andrew. Very persuasive. And I thought THE SOCIAL NETWORK played out like an engrossing piece of journalism… like a good, well-reported “Vanity Fair” or “New Yorker” piece brought to life, and no more.

  • individualist

    The one thing that I thought was hilarious was that Zuckerberg with all his success and problems and everything that went on with his life, the thing that he had the most angst about was some femionazi ex girlfriend ion college who called him names and told him he was pathetic. As if this woman would not be the first in line to try and reconnect with her old flame. It is typical liberal fantasy where the defining moment of some guys life is the fact that he was oogling girls when he was 20 or something like that. Nevermind the guy is worth 500 miollion or billion or whatever the number is and is currently doing more charity work by dolklar than anyone nut the federal government. No we should pity him cause someone called him names once. Geesh!