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The Social Network: Socially Challenged

Thursday, October 14th, 2010

So I went to see The Social Network on Monday night and it was something else. I’m usually not one who enjoys movies where talking and dialog aren’t supplemented by some type of action you can actually see and comprehend, not just some programmer typing code onto a computer screen. However, this movie was different for a lot of reasons. First of all, the music provided for the movie was among the best I’ve ever heard. Trent Reznor (aka the founder and really the sole member of Nine Inch Nails) produced a soundtrack that really made the story work. I don’t know if it was coincidence that we were talking about how to advance stories so recently, but in this movie the music was crucial. The only other recent movie I can remember that had music that supplemented it so well was Despicable Me, and that was done by Pharrel (The Neptunes, N*E*R*D*, etc.). I wonder if this is just a coincidence or if we’ll see more movies exploit the work of actual music producers in the future, not just use composers and songs made for something else.

While the movie was good, I don’t really think it had a lot to say about social networking itself. Of course, the part where he thinks of relationship status is a seminal moment in the film, and the whole not using ads to “make it cool” idea works as well, but the movie doesn’t focus on it. I’m not saying I’m disappointed, I just think I get more out of one of our class periods than I did out of the movie. What also bothers me is that Aaron Sorkin (the writer) admitted the movie wasn’t completely accurate and that he had taken shortcuts for storytelling’s sake. Again, this is forgivable. A movie has to make money somehow, and just telling a story about a few nerdy Harvard guys hitting it big with their programming skills doesn’t bring in the dough. There has to be some intrigue about it. I liked the movie, but I think the inevitable Facebook documentary that someone makes will have more insight into how Facebook changed the social network than the movie did.