The story of Facebook creator Mark Zuckerberg has become a modern-day social drama with friendship, betrayal, revenge, women, and money. I think this story is deeply interesting and when told in the right format, with a good script, and an accomplished director it can be on the same level as Oliver Stone’s Wall Street.
Recently I’ve been following the production of this story, as it has been made into a film by none other than David Fincher. Fincher directed Se7en, Fight Club, and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button. I’ve been reading criticism by a variety of Fincher fans who feel his career is going in the toilet by making a film that focuses on a true story. I’d argue that. Every director needs to be challenged. I think this is Fincher’s latest. If you look at his track record, you’d find a lot of films about peculiar relationships that are wrapped in love, betrayal, revenge, hurt…The Facebook film The Social Network follows that theme of Fincher’s.
Additionally, many “fanboys/girls” think of Fight Club when they think of Fincher. It has become a cult classic, but honestly folks: Does your range of thinking and taste bottleneck you into liking a director if they only do one kind of film over and over? Would you eat Mango and rice every day for the rest of your life? You wouldn’t? Why? Oh, you’d die, you say. Yeah, you’re probably right. Mango and rice is not enough to keep you alive. Let me drop you a hint, since you might not be getting the analogy: An artist has to challenge themselves and try different art forms otherwise they feel like they are going to die. Go to www.imdb.com and start typing in names of directors you know. Take a look at the films they’ve directed. Chances are you’re going to find 1 or 2 films in their list that don’t follow their normal flight path. Until then, here’s the trailer for the film about the rise of Facebook: