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Dear The Social Network

You impress me. I must admit that when I first heard that you had a high approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes, I was not a believer. If a movie trailer peaks my interest, I make a strong effort to see the film in theaters. Needless to say, I thought that you would deliver an average performance based on your trailer. However, as they say, you should never judge a book by its cover; or in this instance, you should never judge a movie by its previews. How could I have not been so excited about a film that talks about the world’s largest social media network? I should have realized sooner rather than later that you are a film based on the phenomenon that has forever changed how we communicate- Facebook – and as such would be just as impactful yourself.

I knew that you would present the early stages how this social media giant came about, but I did not know that instead of just talking about the history, you also showed the challenges and problems along its path to where it is now. In order to do that, you showed scenes in response to one another. This was a brilliant idea because somewhere in my mind I thought that like most movies, you would start the film on a day like today and flash back to how it all started.

Instead, you take me through the journey of the bittersweet life of Mark Zuckerberg as he designs Facebook with a group of friends, yet somehow ends up alone. That is what I call the real life element of great films. While at the movies you can take a two-hour break from reality, it is the films that closely resemble one’s own life that often win praise from the fans. You feel extremely connected to the film because you say to yourself that I am a member of this company that is now worth billions, which started off because of a “stolen idea.”

The difference in this film between Zuckerberg and the Winklevoss twins is drive and initiative. While he did not acknowledge to the twins that he was working on his own project and not theirs, without him, the project would not have been done. While the moral here is to give credit when it is due, you also have to be creative and opportunistic. As you show with eloquence and brilliance, everything has its cost. You just can’t be at the top of the world in your industry without running into competition.

Most impressive was your ability to conclude your work. I had some curiosities as to what would happen during your run; such as whether or not a love story would be involved. There was a love story, but it turned from love to hate; and it was not the central story line. However, before the end credits begin to roll, you paint the picture of man who is in need of love. Even though a million people have already registered for his product, he is alone. That illustrates the importance of sacrifice. How committed are you to doing the unthinkable without losing something in the process?

Until we meet again,

Raul Marin

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