You don’t need me to tell you the plot line of this movie. Everyone knows The Social Network is the story of an arrogant Harvard nerd who invents Facebook and become a billionaire.
But what you might not know is that this movie is really a classic tale about friendship, betrayal, class struggle, power, money and revenge, with a little unrequited love thrown in for good measure. The plot unfolds at a pace comparable to the best action movies, using words instead of explosions to keep it moving.
What truly sets this movie apart is its dialogue. Yes, I said dialogue. In a story about technology taking us to new heights of social interaction it is still the spoken word that makes this movie stand out. All the characters have distinct personalities and their own style of speaking, making each scene a jousting match with words. In meeting these characters you will find some you love and many others you will love to hate.
Whether or not you are interested in the story about the birth of Facebook is irrelevant to your enjoyment of this movie. The Social Network’s timeless theme of social conflict, candid view into mans human nature and some of the quickest, wittiest dialogue in decades, will be enough to draw you into the story. The fact that the events took place in recent history and affect our culture is just a bonus. It may even give you a new perspective on social media.
One last thing – be sure to get your popcorn and take your seat before the trailers are done. You will not want to miss the first 2 minutes and 14 seconds of the opening scene!