Scenic Routes: With The Social Network, David Fincher made staring at a laptop thrilling

In Scenic Routes, Mike D’Angelo looks at key movie scenes, explaining how they work and what they mean.

When it was announced a few years back that David Fincher would be directing what most people were then calling “the Facebook movie,” I reflexively cringed. Part of that reaction was my general dislike of Facebook, which I’d tried for a while and found largely useless (and this was before they started manipulating people’s feeds via algorithms—a certified deal-breaker for me). More specifically, though, it seemed like a misguided project for Fincher, who had just made the hugely disappointing Curious Case Of Benjamin Button. Any film about the creation of a social-media juggernaut would necessarily have its actors sitting in front of computers much of the time, tapping at keyboards and generally being uncinematic. Not the best use of Fincher’s skill set, it seemed. On top of …

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