The Social Network

The Social Network might end up with a second set of Oscars for director David Fincher as he somehow makes the legal squabbles and coding of lines and lines of PhP that was the start of Facebook into a fascinating and effective story of the corruption of a young man.

Fincher’s take on Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg sees him selling his soul piece by piece seeing our the flawed nerd allowing acceptability and friends to fall by the wayside as he amasses an Empire to cocoon himself.

Chasing a success which seems as much based on revenge as anything else the young Harvard man is a Henry Hill for a modern generation and like Ray Liotta‘s gangster in Martin Scorsese‘s 1990 classic Goodfellas Zuckerberg is left at the end of the movie that for all his triumphs and the respect he has earned he will never be able to live the life of “an ordinary snook.”

Fincher’s film gives us Zuckerberg as a potential Icarus – flying high but the wings would surely melt – and one recalls Steve Coogan‘s portrayal of Anthony H. Wilson in Michael Winterbottom‘s 2002 24 Hour Party People

As the TV presenter turned Factory Records impresario Coogan and Winterbottom give us a man who rose high but crashed to Earth Icarus style. Wilson addresses the audience in the first reel to compare himself to the Greek man of myth saying “If you get it, great. If you don’t, that’s fine too. But you should probably read more. ”

In the end though the movie looks at Zuckerberg as a tragic sort, unloved but not unable to love, and in that way recasts the classic Frankenstein story – well visualised in 1994’s underappreciated Kenneth Branagh directed Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein.

Like the Monster aptly and verbosely portrayed by Robert De Niro Zuckerberg could have take it all – the hate, the jealousy, the betrayals – if only the maker had crafted him someone in his image, to love.

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