Before you even start muttering the word “bias” in this year’s British Academy of Film and Television Awards, The King’s Speech has been crowned with 7 trophies last evening, and deservedly so. It’s the British Oscars and its the norm the monarchs reign supreme. Even the American Academy Awards love a bit of royalty dilemma now and again (cough The Queen cough Mrs Brown). So it’s not a surprising night then.
W Magazine has recently released Mara’s new makeover as Salander, or Salander’s American doppelgänger, and the result folks is dark. It seems like Fincher is going back to his Se7en and Fight Club roots – grim, gritty, urban thrillers with a moral punch. And Mara, who singled out the role from among a line-up audition competitors that must be the most coveted role in recent cinematic memory, looks sizzling and convincing that she could stab anyone who pisses her off with a dildo.
Beneath its understated workings, The Social Network emerges as a deceptively crafted, erudite, marvellously written and directed piece of zeitgeist-nailing screenplay. We have films that reflect a generation in our lifetime – The Graduate, Easy Rider, even Fincher’s own Fight Club – and this is one of them.