It has been out for a while so I’ll keep it brief. The Social Network is the story two friends Mark Zuckerberg and Eduardo Saverin who meet at University and when Mark gets the idea for a social network Eduardo helps him fund the project. There is a slight complication that some other people may have given Mark the idea, and there is some disagreement with which direction to take the project which eventually leads to Eduardo being locked out of the company which by then is worth multi-millions of dollars.
It all ends in court battles and the story unfolds in flashback sequences from two litigation depositions (I think that is the right terminology). So we see at the same time the friendships and relationships as they are formed, while at the same time know that they are broken to the point of friends taking each other to court.
That the social network in question is now familiar to everyone in the audience doesn’t matter as there are only passing references to it throughout the film. This is a story of relationships – real life social networking or the lack thereof.
To keep a story which is all about the characters moving along at a good pace takes some outstanding writing which this movie gets from Aaron Sorkin writer of the West Wing and Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip – by the way if I’ve lent my DVDs of Studio 60 to anyone who is reading can I get it back?