For my movie review, I chose The Social Network. I chose this movie because Facebook is such a widely used platform globally, and because Jesse Eisenberg (Mark Zuckerberg) is one of my favorite actors.
In summary, this movie is about Mark Zuckerberg’s journey to becoming one of the youngest self-made billionaires in the world. His story begins at Harvard University, where he creates a site to compare the attractiveness of his female colleagues (FaceMash). Though this catches backlash, it catches on heavily. This then turns to a new idea, a social networking site where personal life can be shared securely. Mark pitches this to his friends and the idea catches on for Harvard University: thefacebook. Eventually, thefacebook is booming around Harvard and expands to other colleges. The friends Mark pitched this idea to initially become jealous and want credit. Some intend to sue, others don’t. Mark meets a new business partner, Parker (Justin Timberlake). He suggests dropping “the” from “thefacebook.” At this point, Facebook is at 1,000,000 members. His friends do eventually sue, and come out with a large sum of money, and/or credit for the creation of the company. Mark still comes out on top with ownership and billions of dollars and successful idea.
I learned from this movie that Facebook was originally “thefacebook” which shocked me. Since based on a true story, it was a huge realization to see how people like Steve Jobs and Mark Zuckerberg found their way to such large sums of success. They both burned many bridges along the way.