Culture Club: The Social Network
In Friday’s Arts & Books review Anthony Quinn found the film to his liking, enjoying the film’s cinematic qualities but suggesting it could have delved further into Facebook’s erosion of personal privacy.
“The film is an absorbing and persuasive dramatisation of what might have happened during a frenetic period of recent media history, but I must confess it’s not the film I thought, or rather hoped, it would be. At their first meeting, Sean Parker tells Mark and Eduardo that “private behaviour is a relic of time gone by”, which issue seems to me far more intriguing than the claims and counter-claims over the authorship of Facebook. The erosion of privacy is a hugely disturbing phenomenon for which social networking sites continue to be a conspicuous facilitator. Facebook now has half a billion users worldwide, but who wants a world of “friends” where actual friendship plays no part? Do the consequences of this not strike the film-makers as dramatically sinister? “
Jonathan Romney, in yesterday’s paper, managed to go one step further in his praise of the film, comparing it to Citizen Kane;
“As told by Fincher and Sorkin, this is not just the story of a lonely boy for whom success and chronic inadequacy go hand in hand – it’s a tragedy as resonant as Citizen Kane.
Right at the end, Zuckerberg, alone in a lawyer’s office, adds his old girlfriend Erica as a Facebook friend: immensely poignant, this is his own Rosebud moment.”
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