It was not the first time I was watching ‘the social network’, one of the finest piece of films of last year. Before watching the movie I was indeed a more or less prejudiced about its goodness for the fact that it was made by one of my favourite directors, David Fincher. His earlier flicks like Seven, Fight Club and Zodiac which were little inclined on the darker side of the social animals which created thrill that could make your hairs stand on end. But his take on life of Mark Zuckerburg, concentrated more on the “social” side of Social Animals.
I was more than impressed after watching it. The film begins with Mark sitting with Erica, his girlfriend, in a bar. His speedy talks quite convincingly demonstrate the invincible genius this man possesses. It’s another matter that the same talk makes him loose his girlfriend. In this perturbed state he decides to do something that would draw his attention to something else; gets intoxicated, blogs that Erica is a bitch and develops a website called ‘FACEMASH’. It was this website that laid the foundation to the revolutionary social networking website ‘FACEBOOK’.
This write up on the film is not an official critic and I am not in the position to write one, so I have the independence of roaming anywhere I want while I write. So this film is about Mark Zuckerberg, person of the year, Time Magazine 2010. This man seen in the film moving his fingers on the keyboard in a lightning speed is a sheer ‘prodigy’ who started writing software in Middle School. His father arranged for his tuitions in programming and the icon of today’s youth was in the making.He enjoyed developing computer programs, especially communication tools and games. In one such program, since his father’s dental practice was operated from their home, he built a software program he called “ZuckNet,” which allowed all the computers between the house and dental office to communicate by pinging each other. It is considered a “primitive” version of AOL’s Instant Messenger, which came out the following year. During Zuckerberg’s high school years, under the company name Intelligent Media Group, he built a music player called the Synapse Media Player that used artificial intelligence to learn the user’s listening habits. Mark’s qualities also cover other facets. He was captain of the school fencing team, could recite lines from The Illiad, and now spends some time of everyday learning Mandarin Chinese.
The other characters that lay impression were the Winklevoss twins. These people called themselves ‘gentlemen of Harward’ when time came for suing Mark. These brothers were entrepreneurs, developed the idea of Harward Connect and most noteworthy speciality was that they represented their university in the rowing crew. Later went on to participate in Olympics and also won a gold and a silver for their country in 2007 Pan American Olympics. So all these people are believe in all round performance and also nurture it.
So where is this all happening? The development of a path breaking website, lots of other inventions, elite sports personalities and exuberant partying. It is Harward and I’m love in it. As the Director of Harward says rightly in the film “HARVARD undergraduates believe that inventing a job is better than finding a job”. Today colleges like ours have to undertake a course on entrepreneurship to plant this ideas in the minds of students.
The other character that has an important place in the whole story is that of Sean Parker, a serial entrepreneur who does have the knack of making girls run after him, has done lots of business, has cases registered against him and even accused of drug dealing. But he was the one who developed Mark’s vision of how big ‘the facebook’ could be. As Edurdo points out in the film the biggest contribution of Sean’s was the change of the name ‘the facebook’ to ‘facebook’.
Meanwhile, Mark had two law suits running against him one from the Winkelvoss’ and the other from Eduardo, his first business end. The scenes of the hearing are also worth pondering upon. They explore intellectual of Mark in some way. He doesn’t answer some questions frankly unless his lawyer points it out to him. He may not seem that involved in the proceedings and also might seem scribbling in his notepad but is quite concentrated in the things going on there. He even knows what exactly the oath was that he took. Mark does have to pay handsomely to all these people and looses his best freind Eduardo. After all, “You don’t get to 500 million friends without making a few enemies”.