Walking into the theatre with a vague notion that David Fincher’s new Film, The Social Network, was about the creation of Facebook, I was skeptical. How could the making of a website ever be interesting? There’s just too much math.
But what I didn’t know was that the story behind the development of the world’s most powerful social network is only partially about a nerd entering code. Beyond the computer science, it is a complicated tale, full of ethical dilemmas, wavering loyalties, and insights about the often bizarre way institutions function. Few other movies are able to pull off this type of depth, while still allowing the plot to move forward. Parts one and two of Francis Ford Coppola’s Godfather Trilogy come as notable exceptions.