The Social Network - Jesse Eisenberg plays Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg

Do you suffer from friend envy when you contemplate Facebook?

Do you wonder how come she has a gazillion online pals?

Do you pine for someone else’s exciting virtual life?

If so, go see The Social Network and relish the cosmically apt ironies at the heart of Facebook’s creation.

As portrayed by Jesse Eisenberg in David Fincher and Aaron Sorkin’s dazzling movie, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg may have been the smartest guy in the dorm room back in Harvard, circa 2003, but he was also the dorkiest guy too.

The person who revolutionised the way in which people connect was – probably had to be – an emotionally withdrawn, socially inept geek.

And it’s this that makes the film so compelling.

If The Social Network had simply been the tale of how a genius-hacker-in-a-dorm-room became the youngest billionaire on the planet, it might have made a mildly engaging TV movie. Instead, Fincher and Sorkin’s tale of ambition and envy, betrayal and resentment is unmissable – probably the best movie to come out of Hollywood this year.

On general release from 15th October.

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