Fight Club Reviews
There are many films that use a limited narration technique in order to lull the audience into a false sense of narrative security, 'The Sixth Sense' and 'The Usual Suspects' are two examples of films that use this as an icing in the cake rather than as the main component. 'Fight Club' is very much the same as the two examples: The twist is subtly hinted at throughout the film but upon realisation of the truth, we as an audience are shocked. However, once again, the twist is not the main component, it merely helps emphasize the point of the film - freedom.
Edward Norton's character the 'Narrator' is the antithesis to Brad Pitt's 'Tyler Durden', Norton is an everyday white-collar worker who cares too much for his possessions, Pitt wants freedom and he will stop at nothing to get it (this includes the death of Bob, the man with actual boobs). They are both the same character, Pitt wants to fight for freedom both internally and externally and, despite his 'death', he wins. Norton slowly assimilates Pitt's personality - beating himself up and getting fired from his job, as well as having a weird obsession with beating the living sh*t out of people.
Overall I think that 'Fight Club' is a great film about freedom, anti-commercialism and beating the hell out of Jared Leto...
This film is a very interesting one for me. It's a film that has had a cult following by people who have interpreted a message that I want to understand more. I think it is an engaging film that explores themes of consumerism without being owned by one's possessions, anarchic and anti-social behavior, finding satisfaction in life, and the influence of some people's cynicism and macho behavior (and I want to find more, as that's probably not all).
Sometimes though, the film gets kind of weird and uncomfortable to watch. There's a strangely surreal sex scene, Meat Loaf growing female body parts, and some intensely disturbing behavior from Tyler Durden. He's an interesting character, don't get me wrong, but some of the stuff he does and some of his ideas he pushes on the people he meets would not necessarily make me want to hang out with him if he were real.
The artistic values of "Fight Club", however, are hard to ignore. The acting is overall terrific. Helena Bonham Carter gives another "weird woman" performance as Marla, but it actually works in this film; I can buy her character existing in real life. Edward Norton is surprisingly good as the nameless narrator. I say this because he delivers a very vulnerable performance that contrasts very much from the characters he plays in "The Grand Budapest Hotel" and "Birdman". But the standout, for me, was by far, Brad Pitt as Tyler Durden. He gives so much energy to his performance that it is hard to look away from his acting when he appeared on screen.
The story is also good enough to keep one's attention. The introduction alone got me interested. I could relate to the narrator in the sense that I also don't always feel satisfied with my belongings, and that I, for one, also often have trouble sleeping. I liked the ongoing battle of words and wits between Norton and Carter, and the odd bonding the narrator has with Robert, as weird as it may be. And of course, who can forget about the introduction and activities of Fight Club? As brutal and intense as they were, there was an intriguing factor to them that made me want to continue the film to try to find an underlying message. Oh, and I need to mention the ending, because when I thought that the movie was just being tough to watch, it got insanely better. It not only revealed a huge plot point that many people didn't see coming, but I was anxious to see how the film would end up for the characters.
So while "Fight Club" is tough to watch at times, I think it is worth seeing at least once. It has great acting and a great story, while also having thought-provoking themes and ideas to keep one's interest. I would be willing to watch the movie again to perhaps appreciate it more, or to just see people's reaction to the ending.
7.5/10 (I am right in the middle between 7-8/10 stars, but I want to process this film more before I might raise the rating. So for now, I'll give it the 3.5/5 rating that RT offers).