this will forever be an aaron sorkin appreciation blog
"I think there’s two things that account for its mainstream success despite its kind of big philosophical themes: one is that it’s about Facebook so it’s an easy in for everybody, you know, you could go see a movie about the thing you’re on all day and there’s something a bit safe about that. If it was just a movie about intellectual property rights, I doubt people would be flocking to it—even if it was as good as it is. And I think the other thing is that the movie’s not didactic; it shows a story in story terms; it shows characters interacting with each other; it lets the audience talk about the issue but it doesn’t talk about it itself, and I think that’s what’s so sophisticated about it. You oftentimes see movies that wear their themes on their sleeves and I find them a bit condescending because there’s a better debate to be made outside of a movie. There are classrooms and there are—movies are not the best purveyors of debate. They’re one-sided because it’s not a mutual exchange of ideas. This movie, it raises the debate but it doesn’t tell you what you’re supposed to think about it."
— Jesse Eisenberg on The Social Network (via becoss)