Desperate to cleanse our body soul of the foul odor left behind by our watching of that Orgy of Stupidity Enthiran last night, we went to see The Social Network today.
Voila, like Andy Dufresne in Shawshank Redemption who crawled through a river of shit and came out clean on the other side, The Social Network restored the sanity and joie de vivre in our life.
Unless you are a blithering idiot, you know that The Social Network is based on the early days of Facebook and its driven founder Mark Zuckerberg.
If Mark Zuckerberg’s detractors were looking for a vehicle to make him look like a slimy, thieving scumbag they couldn’t have found a better one than the brilliant The Social Network.
Directed with great elan by David Fincher based on a screenplay by Andrew Sorokin and with Jesse Eisenberg superbly playing Mark Zuckerberg, The Social Network is a riveting movie on the early days of what is unarguably the most popular online social network in the world – Facebook.
Valued at $32 billion today, the origins of Facebook, like that of other great successful business ventures, are rooted in ruthlessness and not-so-subtle hints of crime.
And that’s what the movie brings out with solid verve.
Based on the movie and on what we’ve read in the digital media publications, Mark Zuckerberg is doubtless a ruthless, scheming, self-serving ASSHOLE with scant regard for friends, associates and acquaintances.
Maybe, it takes an unconscionable asshole to build a monster of a social networking company like Facebook.
The movie alternates between events in the past and legal depositions (after Zuckerberg is sued by three Harvard students who claim he stole their idea after they commission him to build their sites and another suit by a co-founder Eduardo Saverin).
Although we were familiar with most of the key details of the movie, we weren’t bored one bit thanks to the strong script, powerful dialogs and again, fine acting by Jessie Eisenberg.
It might interest all ye schmucks to know that in a desperate bid to counter the negative publicity from The Social Network, Mark Zuckerberg last week announced the donation of $100 million to improve the public schools in the crime-hole of the East Coast i.e. Newark, New Jersey.
By the way, The Social Network is based on the book The Accidental Billionaires by Ben Mezrich.
Whatever may be the culpability of Mark Zuckerberg in the lawsuits he’s settled, thanks to his relentless drive Facebook stands atop the social networking world pushing rivals like Google’s Orkut and Rupert Murdoch’s Myspace into irrelevance.
And you have to give credit to the world’s youngest billionaire Zuckerberg for that.
As one of the characters remarks in the latter part of the movie, in Bosnia they don’t have roads but they have Facebook.
We know all ye desi dickheads with your mouths neatly wrapped around Rajnikanth’s dick are unlikely to watch The Social Network but we strongly recommend that you do.
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