On Monday I was one of the lucky Cape Town bloggers to be allowed out of my mother’s basement to attend the premier preview of The Social Network hosted by Ster Kinekor and 2OceansVibe! It does appear that most of us are more socially active through our chosen medium than in the real world, but the popcorn & coke made up for the lack of chit-chat, and the movie impressed, delighted and fascinated me.
It’s the story of Facebook … The key performance by Jesse Eisenberg is brilliant. Whether he portrays the real Mark Zuckerberg or just gives insight into the genius and phenomena that Mark is, having created a social network and revolution in communication, we can’t know for sure. But I left loving Mark for his brilliance, wanting to befriend him for his clarity and not begrudging him his success. To me he has rebuilt a sense of community in a not always friendly world.
A mere six years later, Mark Zuckerberg is the youngest billionaire in history, and not surprisingly there have been personal and legal complications. As per the movie slogan: “You don’t get to 500 million friends without making a few enemies”. The movie portrays this journey, the inspirations, friendships won and lost, an idea formed and acted on …
Justin Timberlake plays the role of Napster co-founder Sean Parker in The Social Network, and said this in a post production interview: ‘I don’t 100 percent agree with any of the characters, but I don’t disagree with any of them either. Life is life. Things happen sloppily.”
See more at www.thesocialnetwork-movie.com or better still catch the real thing at your closest Ster Kinekor. Thanks much to 2OceansVibe for the opportunity, look forward to the next one, and until then … see you all on Facebook!