The trailer for David Fincher’s new film, The Social Network, is dipped in awesome and sprinkled with little bits of gold Oscar flakes. It’s a long way to go until February 2011, but I have a hard time believing this tale about the rise of Facebook and its founders, Mark Zuckerberg and Eduardo Saverin, won’t have its due consideration come awards season. There’s just too much of the fantastic orbiting this picture, starting with director David Fincher (Zodiac), screenwriter Aaron Sorkin (Charlie Wilson’s War), and actors Jesse Eisenberg (Zombieland), Andrew Garfield (who was just cast as Peter Parker/Spider-Man in Marc Webb’s franchise reboot) and Max Minghella (Art School Confidential).
Still, I do have to be somewhat leery of a finally wrought trailer giving me goosebumps and the actual film becoming a depantsing and spanking of the highest order. This has happened to me several times. Pay it Forward and Vanilla Sky are two that come to mind almost immediately, as do all of George Lucas’ Star Wars prequels. Put quite simply: These were cases of cinematic blue balls – exciting trailers that pushed the promise of critical and box office success, but then crapped out in hefty fashion.
Let’s hope that’s not the case here. Check out the trailer and give me your thoughts. Also, if you have any blue-ball-trailer experiences, please, speak up and vent your anguish in the comments.