Don’t get too excited, as we’ve only found the first 10 pages of the script and have not gone to any advanced screenings, but io9 has seen the entire script, and directed us on where to find those 10 pages.
io9’s Editor-in-Chief Annalee Newitz read Aaron Sorkin’s screenplay. She called “The Social Network” “a riveting amorality tale.”
While she and others have started writing reviews based on copies of the script, Italian site Macchianera has given the public a sneak peek into this much-buzzed-about movie, as they did when they put 6 pages of the “Lost” finale online in May.
Despite the anonymous source (who) gave us the entire script, we chose to publish only the first 10 pages because we do not want to ruin the movie before all to see, or cause damage to the director, screenwriter, actors or production house.
The official wide release date is Oct.1, with a New York premiere Sept.24. The film is based on the book, “The Accidental Billionaires: The Founding of Facebook, A Tale of Sex, Money, Genius, and Betrayal” by Ben Mezrich.
Facebook is a hot topic on the big screen right now. Besides “The Social Network,” indie film “Catfish,” with Facebook as a peg, is also generating a lot of excitement.
I won’t give away too much, but suffice to say the opening scene of “The Social Network” revisits one of the most humiliating social experiences: getting dumped. And for those who think the Ivy Leagues — particularly Harvard — spawn an obsessive elitism and hands-on d-lord training, from what we’ve seen and read about this movie, you’re probably right. The early focus on final clubs, the elite social clubs at Harvard, motivate the first seeds of what comes to be the biggest social network in the world.
Read those pages for yourself and you’ll get a sense very quickly that this film is not going to be kind toward Mark Zuckerberg, the face of Facebook and whom the fictional Mark in the movie is based on.
He told All Things Digital’s Kara Swisher in June, “It’s what a lot of people will think I am like, because it’s a movie and that has impact on their perceptions.”
CNET’s read of the script seems to confirm that concern.
But the most notable difference is that, perhaps because of the infusion of dialogue, Zuckerberg is a significantly more dislikeable character than he is in the book, where he’s painted as simply enigmatic and a little detached. In the screenplay, he’s far more class-conscious and his lines are typically weighted with snarky arrogance.
While Zuckerberg might have reason to fret about his cinematic doppelganger, others are capitalizing on his all-too human flaws to accentuate the film’s appeal to the Academy.
Other reviewers who have gone to advanced screenings of the film are giving the movie high marks, including some who go so far as to say it’s good enough for an Oscar, even several, Swisher reports.
Deadline Hollywood’s Pete Hammond, for example, wrote:
Sony’s strategy of showing it to onliners first before the usual critics seems wholly appropriate considering the subject matter. Whether this story of how Facebook was invented and the resulting legal entanglements that surrounded its beginnings in 2003 has the same level of appeal to the older computer-challenged Academy members is a bigger question, but my guess is everyone should be able to relate to the mesmerizing dramatic conflict on screen. Despite its high-tech bones, what Fincher and Sorkin have managed to do is tell a time-honored very human story, a social document for a generation that has as much relevance now as movies like “On The Waterfront,” “Network,” “All The President’s Men,” and “The Graduate” did in their time.
As if putting it in the same class as those films wasn’t already a little bit of overkill, especially when film critics have yet to weigh in, Hammond thinks the film should rack up nominations in every major category, including Best Picture, Director and Lead Actor. Oh, and it should be “a lock” for the Golden Globe.
Swisher wrote: “Expect more of the same from those who get sucked up into the marketing machine for ‘The Social Network’ in the next weeks.”
Once the movie comes out, Facebook users will also be able to weigh in on it online thanks to a new development between Facebook and movie review aggregator Rotten Tomatoesthat will allow friends to recommend movies to each other and read each other’s reviews. Today’s Reuters story reported on it and I tried it out. It turns out, it’s a lot like whatFacebook Instant Personalization has already done with Yelp and Pandora.
Visiting the Rotten Tomatoes website, I clicked on the Facebook login and saw right away on the upper left frame, 87 percent of my friends like “Inception.”
I wonder how many of them will like “The Social Network”?