This movie was written expertly by Adam Sorkin, arguably one of greatest screenwriters of all time and in my opinion, he is the best ever when it comes to great dialogue. There is no better example of this than in the opening few minutes of the “Social Network”, which is the story loosely based on the life of Mark Zuckerberg and the creation of what is now a corporate conglomerate with one of the largest market capitalizations in the world, Facebook. When the Social Network starts, Zuckerberg, who is expertly played by Jessie Eisenberg is in a bar having beer with his date played by Rooney Mara. Their very intense conversation starts friendly and then quickly changes into a constantly mutating argument that escalates into the woman breaking up with Zuckerberg at the end of the scene. Zuckerberg’s desire to impress the woman with his genius and fast-talking backfires and he comes off like an arrogant jerk instead of impressing her.
What is most amazing about this entire movie is that this intense greatly acted opening scene has one of the best acting performances with two people I have ever seen and it is suggested that this one argument is the entire reason why Zuckerberg starts Facebook. In Zuckerberg’s desire to get back at the woman who just rejected him he tries to insult her using the internet by starting a “facemash” website that compares the looks of women in different local colleges and from this idea, a social website devoted only to Harvard students is formed. The opening scene between Eisenberg and Mara supposedly took 100 takes to get just right and this once scene alone (see video below) which lasts maybe 10 minutes for me was worth the price of admission. I find it quite amazing that something as huge and important as a company like Facebook could have been started because of a breakup between two college students, even though one of them is a genius at the level of Zuckerberg.
Other parts of the movie suggest that Zuckerberg could have stolen the idea for Facebook but my opinion of this possibility is that he borrowed some ideas about social networking but did not blatantly steal the entire idea. Despite this, this movie does not paint a very complimentary picture of Zuckerberg.
The Social Network which came out in 2010 is a great movie and one of Sorkin’s best ever scripts. This movie is a must see.