David Fincher is a director that seems to have a good talent at taking movies with twists and crafting them into audience favorites. He directed one of my favorite thrillers of all time, Se7en, and he also directed Fight Club. When our fellow reviewer Steve J. Donahue asked us to do this movie, it was impossible to say no. Many people (Steve included) list Fight Club as a movie that influenced their lives. I’m easily among that number, because it made me realize how much little things in movies can mean so much more. There is an attention paid to certain details in this movie that other movies can’t dream of (I’m looking at you pay phone). It’s that which really captured me when I saw it, and made me desire to pay the utmost attention to every movie I watch.
Which, to be honest, is absolutely impossible. Life happens – and so do things like boredom, longing, hunger, your bladder, etc. But a man can hope right?
Fight Club follows a man (played by Edward Norton) who has fallen asleep in life. Nothing has meaning to him – he simply is walking through it. Eventually he starts to attend support group meetings in order to feel something – starting with a group for the support of men suffering testicular cancer (another one of those details to ponder). Eventually he is turned off by Marla Singer (played by Helena Bonham Carter and her smoke cloud), who is attending the meetings for the same reason – to get a high.
While searching for something to fill the void, he finds Tyler Durden (Brad Pitt) on a plane. This man just seems crazy, and indeed, as the movie plays out, he really is. There are so many planes to Pitt’s performance – it’s one of the best you could ask for. All the main actors are believable, and the direction and confidence of the camera movement is excellent. For me, Norton is the true stand out, because he has to exhibit so many different things as the movie plays on. His overarching narration in the beginning is perfect to set up his character, but the highlight of his screen time may be his blackmailing scene.
All these things lead up to one of the best twists in movies, which I won’t ruin for you. If you’ve seen it, you know. And that’s enough.
Fight Club presents the viewers with many things: a possible ideology (one I wouldn’t recommend), a visceral experience, blood-soaked faces, and outstanding acting performances. But the best thing that it presents is a great movie. Check it out if you have the time.
Fight Club gets an “A-“.
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"All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy"