Cornwall ON – It’s rare now that I ever get any time off. It’s election season – Christmas is coming up, and we’re growing way too fast for me and my little elves to keep up with what’s going on around locally, nationally or in the world!
I decided to take the afternoon off and go see a movie with my wife and another dear couple. We decided to go see The Social Network – ie the movie all about the creation of Facebook, and it’s founder Mark Zuckerberg.
What intrigued me most was the combo of Aaron Sorkin as writer and David Fincher as director, and I wasn’t let down. Both spouses went along as good sports as my amigo and I work in technology so we were being humored, (They wanted to see Red which had an amazing cast but looked kinda crappy story wise.) but this movie was a producers dream.
No stars and box office! Both of our spouses enjoyed the movie in spite of the subject and we chatted about it afterwards at Remingtons here in Cornwall Ontario.
The script was crisp and the movie seemed to rip by and was over before we knew it. The acting was solid (Jesse Eisenberg as Mark Zuckerberg) and the dark twisted moral of the movie; that the new American Dream, is that it’s ok to steal as long as you have a really good legal team and lots of money came through loud and clear.
As someone that went through the Hollywood machine and had their work stolen it was refreshing to see it all explained as clearly as it was in this movie. Somehow the “Founder” of facebook came out the hero at the end; not such a bad guy, even though he essentially stiffed the people that “inspired him”, shafted his best friend that funded the project, and essentially was motivated by being rejected by a girl because of his inability to communicate.
Facebook is a wonderful tool. It’s changed the way we live much like Napster did, but did it change us for the better? Are the values of the Facebook world intrinsically good or is facebook simply a way for those with retarded social skills to find their way in the world?
An intriguing scenario and a great movie to watch in a gloomy Sunday afternoon. Check out the movie while its in theatres; but I wouldn’t recommend the Galaxy theatre in Cornwall where we saw it.
Two tix, one popcorn, (we passed on the extra 80 cents for butter!) and one drink came in just under $30. The Theatre was nearly empty. We had to sit through commercials, and then because someone didn’t clean the gate on the projector there was a green line running down the middle of the screen for most of the movie and probably damaging the print for future screenings.
Hollywood may complain about less people going to theatres, downloading, and the net, but the reality is that if you don’t make going to the movies a better experience then people will go less.
We shouldn’t have to go to Ottawa or Montreal to see a movie when there’s a perfectly good theatre here in Cornwall. Nearly $8.00 for popcorn is kinda nuts. $3.00 for water is also kinda nuts.
Two thumbs up for The Social Network – Two Thumbs down for the Galaxy theatre.
Whatcha think Canada? Did you see The Social Network and what did you think? You can post your comments below.