Fight Club Reviews
This movie changed my life. I'm seriously considering burning lye into my hand. - Dave circa 2008
so many parts stood out to me as something I've never seen before and found very interesting and memorable. like the chemical burn, his name was Robert Paulsen, smiley face vandalism, car recall formula, rich people soap made of rich people lard, waiting on the porch for three days to get in, touring support groups, starting a fight with a stranger and losing. the garage self-fight scene at the end was so crazy, dark and creepy.
possibly the best twist in any film ever. Maybe 30 or so references or hints at the twist. one of the best lines in the movie which references the twist is when he is hitting himself in his boss's office and thinks "for some reason this reminded me of my first fight with Tyler" back when he was fighting himself rather than others.
one of the deepest and best psychological aspects in a film. from the start of the film to the end, the main character goes through a psychological downward spiral, culminating in one final battle between his original self and alter ego to determine who wins controls of his life. one part I couldn't believe was that ed Norton became completely jealous when he saw Tyler (himself) complementing Jared Letto and becoming close with him. he then beat Letto's face in because he wanted to "destroy something beautiful." while he was beating him, he says "I felt like putting a bullet between the eyes of every Panda that wouldn't screw to save its species. I wanted to open the dump valves on oil tankers and smother all the French beaches I'd never see. I wanted to breathe smoke." very disturbed! (about 4 viewings)
Edward Norton plays the role of a young man stuck in a lousy world where he suffers insomnia and addiction. On one lonely flight, he meets Tyler Durden, a man who sells soap. Tyler begins to teach him that pain and misfortune are valuable things to experience in life and together, they form Fight Club.
This is one of those movies where if you haven't watched it, find a copy ASAP before it gets spoiled for you. I actually went a long time without having this movie spoiled for me until just a few days ago. Although the big surprise was ruined for me, I was still able to view this movie with fresh eyes and an open mind. In that, I think that it's fair to say that this will definitely be considered a classic, no matter how disillusioned or awkward this movie may be at times.
This is definitely one of the more interesting stories I've gotten to see and since I really knew nothing about it going into it, I won't talk too much about what this movie is about. Let me just say that this movie is definitely a dark comedy and one that delivers a unique story. There are so many different lessons and messages that can be taken away from this film that there's not much point in talking about them, but just know that they're there. If anyone is looking for a well written story that's gritty and satire, this is the right place to go.
One thing I did and didn't like was the fourth wall breaking narration of the film. I guess you can't really call it fourth wall breaking because Norton is considered to be the narrator, but it felt like it to me. It just made some things very awkward and convoluted at times, while being kind of a cheap way to advance the story. I get that it adds to the comedic and darker style that the film is trying to go for, but I just don't think that they had to go in that direction.
One thing I really liked was the dark comedy in this movie. It definitely worked in the sense that although the movie made me laugh, I laughed at things that I probably shouldn't have. Obviously that's the goal of a movie like this and I loved it. There were so many comedic and crazy moments that just got me going and this is definitely a dark comedy for the ages.
Admittedly, I was very underwhelmed by about the first quarter - first third of the entire film. I recognize that attempts were being made to understand Norton's character more and I appreciate that, but the narration to me just made it all kind of boring. I was never really hooked until Brad Pitt was introduced and they formed their club together and until then, it felt like an awkward, bumpy ride. It felt like the movie didn't know where it wanted to go and it definitely stopped this movie from being flat out amazing.
The performances in this movie were definitely something to recognize. Although I like Edward Norton, I only thought he did a good job in this movie, not great. I felt like he played the part to the best of his ability, but I honestly don't envision him being the best option for this role. I understand that his character is supposed to be the other side of Brad Pitt's character, but he's still the weaker half between the two. Brad Pitt on the other hand put on a crazy and strong act here. Every time he was on screen, I was either laughing or intrigued by what he was saying. His character is so chaotic that it makes the movie feel spontaneous and daring, and he was the best part of this movie.
In the end, there's not much I want to say about this movie without actually spoiling anything. Here, it sounds like I had more negatives to say than positives, but it really was a great film. It is confusing at times, but it's interesting, satirical, and controversial in all the best ways.
Rule number one about Fight Club, you do not talk bad about Fight Club. Even though this film's story was adapted from a book with the same name Fight Club, but the movie still adds it's own twists. The smart foreshadowing used by the director as well as the editors is worth appreciation. The story itself feels like a piece of art, the movie is one as well. All the actors present in this movie gave phenomenal performances for their roles. Also, once you watch this movie, you might feel the urge to watch it again, and with a different perspective. The ending, I think of it as a metaphor, it's quite obvious once you watch the movie.
Let's break the 1st rule of fight club, and talk about fight club, because this film is definitely worth discussing and viewing! From what I've read about the movie Fight Club, it did disappointing business at the box office. The film was advertised as a action, bare knuckle underground fight film. A Jean - Claude Van Damme film like Kickboxer and Bloodsport but with a larger budget. I believe it was advertised this way, because Jean - Claude Van Damme movies are popular, and the rise and popularity of WWE's Attitude Era. They should have marketed/advertised the film as a action, horror, Psycho thriller, and what many people (including myself)would consider to be a classic film. I believe Fight Club is a rare example of the movie being better than the book. I love the book, it is one of my favorites to read. However, director David Fincher (Gone Girl, Seven) takes a very good book, and crafts it into an exceptional film. This film has a great deal of humor, violence, character development, bizarre pranks (Tyler Durden Editing family films), Easter eggs, a mind bending 3rd act (that makes you question the main characters sanity along with yours), a clear story, references, characters you can relate to,and everything we can ask for in filmmaking. I truly believe this is an exceptional film. This is not only one of the greatest films of the 1990's, but in cinema history. Thank you for everyone who was involved with Fight Club, everyone from the amazing novel to the amazing film. Fight Club from me gets a 10/10. Thank you for reading, & have an amazing day as always. :)