Random Factoid #432

3 10 2010

First it was “Up in the Air;” then it was “Inception;” now it’s “The Social Network.”  Some movies are just that good that they become a regular Random Factoid topic.  So here we go…

I read a fascinating article in The New York Times on the generational divide that the movie has exposed, particularly around the figure of Mark Zuckerberg.  Here is Scott Rudin, the movie’s producer, on the differing viewpoints from generations:

“When you talk to people afterward, it was as if they were seeing two different films.  The older audiences see Zuckerberg as a tragic figure who comes out of the film with less of himself than when he went in, while young people see him as completely enhanced, a rock star, who did what he needed to do to protect the thing that he had created.”

I don’t want to ruin what’s coming my review of the movie, but I definitely leaned more towards how the older audiences felt.  Does this mean I’m an old person trapped inside a teenager’s body?  Am I somehow abnormal because my views don’t fit the rest of my generation?  Am I … more mature?  More cynical?

Interestingly enough, this isn’t the first polarizing movie on the age spectrum this year.  I’ve had a post from The Los Angeles Times bookmarked since August on the reaction from different generations.  Patrick Goldstein observed this:

“The other day I was talking to an old Hollywood hand who was astounded by the runaway success of “Inception.” It turned out that he’d seen the film on its opening weekend in a private screening room with a number of industry elder statesmen, including at least two former studio chiefs and a couple of their young offspring. After the movie was over, the industry elders were shaking their heads in disbelief, appalled by the film’s lack of clarity, having been absolutely unable to follow the film’s often convoluted story.

But before anyone could register their complaints, one of the younger people on hand, flush with excitement, praised the film to the rooftops. To him, it was such a thrill ride that if the projectionist could show the film again, he’d sit through it again right away.”

I can’t even imagine there being one day where I look at movies and wonder what the darned kids see in it.  Why do our tastes have to evolve with age?  I’m scared that if I side with the elder generation on “The Social Network,” I could become some kind of cranky geezer film snob when I get older.



3 responses

5 10 2010

I view him as an anti-hero myself, but not a rockstar, I’m with you on this. I guess at 21 I’m already old.

5 10 2010

Then I believe I’m in trouble.

7 10 2010
Stuart O'Quin

Despite my best efforts I have become somewhat of a cynical film snob over the last decade. I hope that there never comes a day when I can’t enjoy a film like “Inception” or even just a hip title like “Scott Pilgrim” but I already occasionally find myself thinking “don’t you little bastards have school?” when I see children playing on the sidewalk. I guess it’s just a matter of time. Meanwhile, I’ll just keep myself on a steady diet of Korean films – the narrative structures of many of their titles, and even just their mode of storytelling, make even my head spin. This is coming from a guy everyone asks, “what is going on?” during a film I have never seen before.

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