The Social Network (David Fincher, 2010)

"Wow! The Fast Picture Show is almost as good as Facebook!
I wonder would he sell it to me for $1 billion?"

What's it about? You've heard of this thing called Facebook, right? This is about how brilliant-but-a-bit-nerdy Mark Zuckerberg (Jesse Eisenberg) founded it, became a multi-billionaire and fell out with a pile of people in the process.

Is it any good? Engaging, slickly put together and well acted, though I suspect Zuckerberg and friends only wish they were as erudite and quick-witted as Aaron Sorkin's snappy script makes them sound. As entertaining as it is, though, it feels a little hollow overall and the whole thing seems to be a lot of fuss about nothing. Unless you count $25billion as significant, of course.

I don't trust you. What do others think? Widely acclaimed, ending up on several Best of Year lists and garnering several Oscar nominations. However, be aware it doesn't exactly let the truth get in the way of a good story, with artistic liberties taken with various events and characters, perhaps unsurprisingly since it's partly based on Ben Mezrich's contentious book The Accidental Billionaires and Sorkin himself has admitted he wanted to tell a good story rather than document history. The real Zuckerberg could probably afford to sue everyone involved, but he actually comes out of it looking okay, so he won't.

Anything else I should know? Anyone interested in making a film about the founding of The Fast Picture Show, please don't hesitate to get in touch. It's a great story; heroes, villains, love, betrayal, fist-fights, guns, dragons, aliens, gratuitous nudity and much, much more! 

What does the Fonz think? Confirm or Ignore? Confirm.

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