Tuesday, November 09, 2010
The Facebook Movie
The Social Network is a little like nesting dolls, or so I thought at first - but this doesn't seem right because I can't be certain as to which particular film-layer masks or is masked the others. Is it a Sorkin film? Is it Fincher's? (Columbia is the author for all legal purposes.) Less a bunch of nesting dolls, then, and more like a multi-faceted set of optical illusions. What, also, is this movie about? "Human connection," Facebook specifically, the rise of a network more generically, a Will Hunting story minus the uplift, Harvard & Silicon Valley social life? (An aside - Harvard's Kirkland House is presided over by Tom Conley, a great critic and scholar of cinema.) In this respect, one can hardly pinpoint an origin to David Fincher but one can say, perhaps, that this is the kind of story - narrative resolution inconsequential, diffuse social reference & meaning - with which Fincher has spent the last decade thriving.