Monday, 24 January 2011

The Social Network

I really enjoyed this film.  I've decided to be a bit more 'cultural' this term and try to actually go to the extra stuff that's on, especially films as I don't watch many and my college has its own cinema (ish).

Anyway, The Social Network charts the development of Facebook, in a non-boring way.  Geeks, parties, law suits and... um... geeks again? provide a great plot full of human interest.  And lots of laughs.  It's really interesting to see how Facebook developed, and to consider that there was a point in my life when I *gasp!* didn't have Facebook.  Indeed, I remember dial up, the early days of the internet, the start of personal computers.  It constantly amazes me when I stop to think about it how much technology has moved on.  For example, when I was last babysitting, I had a go on my next door neighbour's Playstation 3 Kinnect thing (is that what it's called?), and while the game was actually very similar to one of the first ones I ever played on, it's a totally different experience in many respects, to be waving about the controller in thin air and watching things happen on the screen.

That digression on the progress of technology aside, the characters are (mostly) portrayed sympathetically, and interestingly.  I found the scene with the contest to get a job as an intern at Facebook absolutely hilarious--particularly in the explanation.  Every ten lines of code, you have to drink a shot.  Every three minutes you have to drink a shot.  Every... etc.  Very amusing.

If you get the chance to see it, it's well worth a watch.  Startling to think how recently and how small Facebook started, and how big it's become.

1 comment:

Janell said...

Dude, technology is totally insane, I am actually slightly freaked out by how much it has advanced. Remember them dial-up days? That was just within 10-15 years ago! Cah-raaaazy.