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A Pictorial History of the Movies: 2010 – The Social Network

This year took me a good minute to decide. You’d think it would be easy to decide the years you’ve lived, especially ones so recent. But this was still difficult. Because you look at the films that made the most money – Toy Story 3. No. We talked about the franchise already, and it wasn’t so big a hit to the point where that’s all we talked about for a while. Alice in Wonderland, no. Deathly Hallows 1 – we talked about it. At this point, it’s established. Inception makes a case for itself, but I remember Inception. We talked about it over the summer, and while it was a huge film, it was pretty much forgotten come the winter.

And then I saw this film and went, “Huh… that’s interesting.” Because, in a way, we’re still talking about this movie. The movie was a big deal when it came out. It made $100 million, which is a lot of money, considering its subject matter and lack of star power. It caught on. People were talking about it. It almost won Best Picture!

Plus, it talks about our culture and the way things are now, in this social media environment we all live in. So, I feel like considering it’s the perfect storm of critical acclaim, box office success, and cultural resonance (in terms of people remembering it and quoting it and what it says about our culture at its time of release), it’s really a perfect choice for this year. And I can really see no other option the more I think about it.

First off, think about how this movie sounded to you when they announced it. Because I remember when they announced it. David Fincher is making a movie about the invention of Facebook. And I went, “… All right.” Because he was coming off Zodiac and Benjamin Button. And I loved them both. And then he was doing this, and you went, “How is that gonna be interesting?” And then, when we all saw it, we got it. It’s about what our culture has become. Everyone is isolated yet interacting with one another. It’s really an incredible commentary on society.

When you really think about it, this was the film we talked most about in 2010 and 2011. Even if other movies made more money or seemed bigger. This was the film of 2010, and in a way, is the film of the past decade. This is the film that is most about our society and perfectly describes what 2010 was like and what world culture was like at the time.

It’s really rare to get such a perfect storm of a movie at such a small budget. Yet, this film really still continues to define where we are as a culture, and the age we live in. And it’s funny… in a year where the top ten grossing movies were either animated, franchises, or animated franchises, this movie still manages to be the film that defines the year. And somehow, that makes sense.

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4 responses

  1. I just watched it last night and you put into words a lot of my thoughts while I was watching. It’s the movie of the Aughts.

    November 24, 2014 at 1:49 pm

  2. smilingldsgirl

    I like the performances but I honestly think this movie is overrated. I thought they took the easy way out making the rich guy the villain. I wanted to dig deeper into Zuckerberg than this did. It’s fine but just not a favorite of mine

    November 24, 2014 at 10:17 pm

    • BlueFox94

      I think that’s one of the points of the film. The Mark Zuckerberg of the film is so socially inept (at least in a larger, “normal” sense) that no one digs into him, he digs into you. Like Rashida Jones’ character says at the end, “You’re not an asshole, Mark. You’re just trying so hard to be.”

      No one wants to hate anyone, but Mark’s big attempt at ensuring that only ended up bringing the scorn of others upon himself. That’s the catch: he either does nothing for himself or ends up becoming the world’s youngest billionaire, but both options would have left him alone in the end anyway.

      The film also posits that question of whether certain people are just meant to be more alone than with company, to have far less friends than most people who can juggle many without a second thought. In that case, I’d rather have the money.

      To me, that’s the final fascinating answer that the film presents–that, perhaps, having money (through my widely popular business venture) may be the better companion for this weird time in my life, surrounded by the ever-changing tides of culture.

      May 1, 2015 at 1:41 am

      • smilingldsgirl

        Interesting. I didn’t think of it that way. To me it just seemed like an easy out to villainize the rich guy but you make some valid points. For a site that is all about cultivating friendships it is an interesting point that Zuckerberg may have been happier without friends but something in his life that made a difference to the masses. Maybe I will have to watch it again. Thanks

        May 1, 2015 at 1:45 am

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