Facebook vs Gordon Gekko

Money Never Sleeps sees Wall Street director Oliver Stone reunited with Michael Douglas, still sporting a gravity-defying hairdo. But Stone has injected some new blood into the sequel: Hollywood badboy Shia LaBeouf stars as the minted yet altruistic fiancée of Gekko's daughter. For those of you studiously avoiding spoilers, we won't give too much away. Safe to say that Gekko has been reinvented as the antithesis of his previous "Greed is good" self. Nevertheless, the film does contain Smarta's favourite business quote of the week: "Stop telling lies about me and I'll stop telling the truth about you."

In The Social Network, Zuckerberg is portrayed as a socially inept misogynist with borderline Aspergers (Disclaimer: Roger Ebert's word, not mine). Indeed, Zuckerberg was compelled to issue a press statement asking the media not to take the movie too seriously. Between the cocaine binges, beautiful women and courtroom intrigue, business has never been more glamorous.

And the general public agrees: The Social Network took $23m at the box office this weekend. Money Never Sleeps also took a very respectable $10.1m. These business movies took the first and third spot in the charts (the number two spot was taken by Legend of The Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole. Insert joke here.)

But entrepreneur and author of What Would Google Do Jeff Jarvis believes that The Social Network is missing many of the elements that make a truly good business movie. "It neither explains nor even ascribes motives to Mark Zuckerberg-no vision, no strategy, no goals," he says on the Buzz Machine.

"The movie quickly admits that money doesn't matter to Zuckerberg. So why did he build Facebook? The Social Network offers no answer, except perhaps that an outsider wanted in, but that doesn't begin to explain what he has accomplished and why; that's nothing but simplistic prime-time plotting.

"The script says nothing about him wanting to connect the world or bring communities elegant organization. It doesn't care. For this is a movie about tactics, not strategy, about people doing hard things to each other. Elsewhere, that's just called business."

The Smarta team are off to see The Social Network on Wednesday. Watch out for our review!




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