The Social Network’ lives up to its ‘cult’ status and wins four Golden Globes. Is it set to add an Oscar on its ‘friends’ list?
There is no stopping the inevitable. 2010’s cult movie ” The Social Network“, about the beginning of popular social networking site, Facebook, has swept the 68th Golden Globe Awards with four prizes- for Best Drama, Best Director, Best Script and Best Score. The film beat international favourites like “Inception”, “The Black Swan”, “The King’s Speech” and “The Fighter”.
Coming to the point, why was it inevitable?
Beginning in 2004, Facebook has grown to include over 600 million users, as of 2011. This social networking site has practically made the whole world, friends. Lev Grossman writes in Time magazine, “Facebook wants to populate the wilderness, tame the howling mob and turn the lonely, antisocial world of random chance into a friendly world, a serendipitious world. You’ll be working and living inside a network of people, and you’ll never have to be alone again. The Internet, and the whole world, will feel more like a family, or a college dorm, or an office where your co-workers are also your best friends.” Facebook is probably among the best things that have happened to the world in the last decade! And that itself is testimony to the inevitability.
As far as the film is concerned, Aaron Sorkin had adapted his screenplay from Ben Mezrich’s 2009 non-fiction book “The Accidental Billionaires”. Directed by Academy Award-nominated David Fincher (of “Fight Club”, “Panic Room” and “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” fame), the film stars Jesse Eisenberg as Facebook founderMark Zuckerberg. Eisenberg had starred opposite Richard Gere and Terence Howardin the 2007 film, “The Hunting Party”. Supporting cast includes Andrew Garfield, Justin Timberlake, Brenda Song and Rashida Jones. Set in Harvard, the film, literally lives up to its tagline which is “You don’t get to 500 million friends without making a few enemies”. Though, ‘making a few enemies’, seemed to be the tagline and the premise of the film, which ultimately leads to the establishment of a billion dollar enterprise, what emerged, was a well-crafted docu-drama, often characterized as ‘anti-social’ by critics because of the way Zuckerberg’s character has been shaped. The actual Zuckerberg is hardly so grumpy in real life, admitted critics. There is a good chance of “The Social Network” sweeping the Oscars. We’d sure ‘like’ that to happen!
( Article first published in Calcutta Times,Times of India, 19th Jan 2011)