September 23, 2010 - 1 comment.

Is the Facebook movie The Godfather of this generation?

As of this morning, The Social Network (the Facebook movie) has a 100% favorable rating on Rotten Tomatoes, with an average rating of 9.8/10. More shocking however, is the fervency of its praise:

If Coppola were into computers, this would be The Godfather. Should I have gone with Scorsese and Goodfellas? I think it’s the cooler reference but The Godfather is more legendary and Social Network deserves the comparison.

...half the time I sat there marveling at the similarities of the story, themes and structure to “Citizen Kane." socially significant to this generation as films like Network, All The President's Men and The Graduate were in their own time. -Box Office Magazine

All the building blocks for a great movie seem to be in place: A screenplay by Aaron Sorkin (writer of The West Wing, a TXI favorite) based on a book by Ben Mezrich (Bringing Down the House's) and directed by David Fincher (Fight Club, Se7en). Also, Justin Timberlake.

I haven't understood the incredulous criticism that someone would make a movie that's "just about Facebook". Facebook was created in a dorm room by a 20 year-old kid, in just seven years has grown to be the most heavily trafficked site on the internet with more users than there are citizens of the United States, and has a history rife with accusations of the theft of intellectual property now worth billions of dollars.

Despite whatever personal opinions you may have on the utility of Facebook, you cannot deny that there is a story here to be told.

Published by: Greg Baugues in Culture


September 24, 2010 at 12:25 am

I’m looking forward to seeing it even if just from a historical stand-point. Facebook has certainly changed the way most people I know communicate and engage with each other. While it’s more of a breathing yellow pages now than I care for, I’m still interested in seeing how this is portrayed through Hollywood.

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