I never would have expected this. The Social Network, or the Facebook movie, amazingly topped the box offices last weekend, earning $23 million. Not a huge amount compared to, say, James Cameron’s Avatar, but it was enough, apparently.
On IMDb (the Internet Movie Database), the movie is currently rated 8.7/100, and is in the top 250 movies by popularity. According to Rotten Tomatoes, known for sometimes harsh critic ratings, the average rating is 9.1/10 (172 out of 177 critics found the movie “fresh”, whereas 5 found it “rotten”), and 81% of audiences liked it.
This surprises me, especially since Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg wishes the movie had never been made, and other friends and colleagues of Mark have said the movie gives an inaccurate depiction. That, to me, would be obvious; almost any movie “based on” real events dramatizes everything to make it more interesting or strange, and really, the only truth to it are the well-known facts (like Mark being the founder of Facebook).
So, will you be going to The Social Network? I know I won’t.