THE SOCIAL NETWORK, David Fincher's highly anticipated film about Facebook, comes out October 1. We're super excited. Jessee Eisenberg, whose curly locks and snarky wit secured him the role of upstart Mark Zuckerberg, is one of our favorite young actors, and this is his first chance to shine as a genuine leading man. Oh, and did we mention Justin Timberlake is in this movie?
The first trailer came out and it knocked our socks off and onto other people's feet. You've seen this one, right?
Maybe the choir version of the Radiohead song is manipulative--so what? It works. And the trailer structure is ingenuous. The first minute of the 2.5 minute trailer is unrelated to the film, just a montage of Facebook imagery, reminding us of how crucial Facebook is to our lives. If you had any doubt about whether to see this film, this intro pushes aside all doubts; it says, "Remember, this is probably the most important thing that happened in the past 10 years, whether you like it or not."
And then the movie-part of the trailer starts, and it's both satisfying and mysterious. Yes, we see violence, intrigue, cocktail parties, and even a breathtaking girl's butt in a pair of very small Stanford underwear (I've been told that girls from Stanford don't actually look like that, but I've never been myself). While these things promise that the film will deliver, there's also an energy in the trailer that draws you in. And there's something not-quite-right about the dialogue in the trailer, creating an intriguing tone that is sexy, exciting, and also kind of funny.
It's not surprising that the trailer has become an Internet phenomenon that many Youtubers are picking up on and applying to other major websites. Check out this mock trailer for the movie if it were about about Ebay instead:
"I'm talking about taking the entire boring experience of a yard sale, and putting it online." Brilliant. This pitch-perfect parody has us in stitches. And the good news is, it's not the only one. There's one for Twitter, Myspace, Youtube, and even some weirder ones.
This has satisfied our anticipation for THE SOCIAL NETWORK at least for the next few weeks. And thankfully, that's all we have to wait.