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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