Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Tuesday’s Top Trailer: The Social Network

Welcome to a weekly feature here at Movies with Abe, Tuesday's Top Trailer. One of my favorite parts about going to see movies is the series of trailers that airs beforehand and, more often than not, the trailer is far better than the actual film. Each week, I'll be sharing a trailer I've recently seen. Please chime in with comments on what you think of the trailer and how you think the movie is going to be.

The Social Network – Opening October 1, 2010

Even before this teaser trailer debuted a couple of weeks ago, this movie had a lot going for it. It’s certainly a popular subject, since likely everyone in the entire universe knows what Facebook is, and if they haven’t heard of creator Mark Zuckerberg, they will have after this movie comes out. The talent behind the film is impressive, spearheaded by David Fincher, directing his eighth feature film after “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button,” “Zodiac,” “Panic Room,” “Fight Club,” “The Game,” “Se7en,” and “Alien3” (I’m excited to report that I’ve seen them all). If it’s possible, the screenwriter’s identity is even more thrilling. Aaron Sorkin was the creator of “The West Wing” and was responsible for the incredibly quick, smart, and clever dialogue on that show. The content of the trailer, however, is what’s particularly impressive. It’s a definitive teaser, without actually providing a real look at the style, look, or scenes of the film. Instead, we get a blurry image of Zuckerberg slowly coming into focus as a number of intensely memorable quotes are spoken. It’s much more dramatic than you’d ever expect, but that’s what makes it so intriguing. I had worried that it might be too gimmicky, trying to mimic familiar Facebook memes. Instead, it’s anything but. This is an origin story about characters, and from the looks of it, it’s going to be fascinating. I got chills watching the trailer the first time, and I’ve seen it as a least several times since then, with the same result every time. The most memorable exchange is Zuckerberg’s response to the question “Do I have your full attention?” – a resounding and indignant “No.” Jesse Eisenberg seems like a great choice to play Zuckerberg, and I think it will be a star-making role for the already-impressive performer, who broke out in 2002 with “Roger Dodger” and “The Emperor’s Club” and has continued to deliver great turns films like “The Squid and the Whale” and “Zombieland.” As the sole star of this movie, I think he can do great things. I can’t wait for this; what do you think?

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