Facebook Movie

Perhaps motivated by all of the awards season rivalry that existed last year between his own script Black Swan and the Aaron Sorkin penned The Social Network, writer Mark Heyman has written a Facebook story of his own. This new script, titled XOXO, seems to have a little bit in common with both of those aforementioned films. Like Black Swan it is a story about obsession and one character stalking another. Like The Social Network it examines the way that social media has altered our interactions. The story is about a young man who meets a girl online, starts up a relationship with her, but then finds her to be not quite what he expected once she starts taking the relationship to strange, stalkery places. The film is said to incorporate both webcam, documentary elements like last year’s case of mistaken online identity film Catfish, but also it will create stylized visual sequences to depict the online interactions between the two main characters, I guess kind of like Hackers.

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The most obvious problem to creating a movie about Facebook is that it’s a movie about Facebook. It’s the least mysterious of all beasts, and no matter how fascinating some of its social implications are, it all comes out sounding incredibly masturbatory when you say it out loud. It’s like questioning the emotional depth of Twitter. Sure, Marshall McLuhan would wet himself if he 1) saw the kind of communication possibilities we have today and 2) was still alive, but at the end of the day, it’s still that place where your frat brother posts that bong picture and your girlfriend talks about how much she loves Coldplay. Unfortunately, the marketing team behind The Social Network decided to either get out in front of the issue or missed the boat completely. Choral version of Radiohead song? Check. Slow pan shots of people’s Facebook pages? Double check. Faux sense of importance lobbed on ubiquitous blue buttons that say “poke?” Check please.

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