Trailers can tell us a lot about movie, I mean that is what they’re supposed to do. However, not only do we learn about the plot in trailers, for the most part we can learn if that movie is going to be *good* or not. When you see the trailer for a movie like The King’s Speech, it’s clear that it’s a film meant for the Oscars. Movies such as those are meant to work, and there aren’t a whole lot of ways that they can fail.
On the other side of that spectrum are films that shouldn’t work, but for some reason–they do. Maybe it’s the director, the actor, or the script was just better than it had any right to be, but they come out better than anyone ever would (or could) have planned.
8. The Social Network (2010)
A movie about Facebook?
Yes, a movie about Facebook. Well, “about” in the loosest sense of the term. The Social Network is the story of Mark Zuckerburg on his journey to create the site that you probably just checked moments ago. When I first saw a poster for the film reading, “You don’t get to 500 Million Friends Without Making a Few Enemies,” I thought, “what a dumb idea.” Then the reviews started to come out, and acclaim was pouring out of critics for David Fincher’s courtroom/college drama, and it became a best picture contender (winning the Golden Globe for Best Motion Picture-Drama).
On paper, The Social Network should not be a movie, but it had every component it needed to be a great one. Fantastic direction by David Fincher, an air-tight script by Aaron Sorkin, and award-calibur performances from Jesse Eisenberg and Andrew Garfield. All those factors came together and created one of this generation’s defining films.
This article was first posted on September 10, 2013