I got to see The Social Network last night with two of our awesome College Ministers Cohort attendees.
I found it masterful, actually. An excellent window into the world we serve – both the Millennials and college students. Whole college campuses, even. And it’s not just a window, it’s really a fascinating look at Harvard, for one, as well as (of course) the creation of the tool that has become one of our key tools for ministry, Facebook.
The movie certainly has, as my English teacher would say, its “racy page.” More than one, actually. It’s PG-13, and that’s appropriate – not R, but very far from PG. Obviously, watch at your own discretion.
I will post more on this movie, I imagine, but I need to sleep (I’m writing this Friday night).
But I will never write a review that’s nearly as good as the one Christianity Today posted this week. Apparently the author, Alissa Wilkinson, has a connection with the Coalition for Christian Outreach college ministry (I heard that yesterday at the Cohort!), and she is indeed a fairly recent college grad. In any case, it’s an excellent review, and I read it both before and after I saw the movie.
A key blurb:
Most everything about The Social Network is successful, but its real achievement stretches beyond the Facebook story. Decades from now, when we’ve all forgotten what Facebook even was, The Social Network will still tell us what it was to be part of the generation sociologists are calling the Millenials. I’m part of this generation, and I teach students who are, too, and what I see is this: Like Zuckerberg, who argues against advertising that would take away Facebook’s “cool” factor, Millenials care more about constructing their image and gaining influence than having a lot of money. Privilege and wealth are useful tools toward constructing an attractive identity, but knowing the right people, listening to the right music, and being in the right place at the right time is much more important.
Check the rest of it out (it’s really an excellent review), and consider seeing The Social Network. Alissa’s right about what it captures.