By far, David Fincher's worst movie and one of the most overrated and worst movies of all time. This is the epitome of 1990s style over substance. It continues to gain critical acclaim because of its supposed critique of capitalism but it's nothing more than an aggressive exploitation fantasy of macho male violence.
Falsely transgressive, devoid of any real substance and relying on over-the-top tropes to move the story forward. This is pure capitalist cinema, hiding under the rag of pseudo-anarchism. Also, contrary to what some have said, this is not necessarily what it means to "be a man". Enough with the essentialist bullshit. Again, a vision of life imparted by the very system this film claims to denounce.
Pretty crazy that the film came out almost exactly 2 years to the day before 9/11. I’m not saying there’s a connection, just a pretty stunning coincidence, with crazy parallels. Kinda like the Dude’s check to Ralph’s being (fictitiously) exactly 10 years earlier than 9/11, the check being written as George talked tough about the aggression not standing, and then George invades Iraq (again) because of 9/11.
4/10 (Regular) - On one hand this portrays the “masculinity of the modern male and its paranoia” (such as virility) and the pre new millennium nihilism but yet on the other hand Fincher sticks with a Hollywoodesque aesthetic and narrative trying too hard to avoid cliches eventually turning his supposed satire in one, that remains strongly in its post modern narrative, not terrible but could’ve been a lot better.
The comedic elements of this film are all really good, so much so that they had 14 year old me in stitches when I saw it for the first time. Its reputation as something more complex is undeserved, however; it delivers its facile message in a heavy handed and immature manner. If anything, that should probably go a long way in explaining its gospel like status among edgy manchildren.