A film more nuanced than it seems on the surface, Fight Club is a commentary on the modern man's frustration with domestic life and his enslavement to needless excess. Make money to buy stuff you don't need doing a job that makes you want to drive your fist through the wall. So instead these men drive their fists into each other. Soon though this release of rage becomes something more sinister and sociopathic...
come for the hallucinogenic aesthetics & dream edits, this fascist Animal Farm, terrible framed intro & lame ending, underdeveloped Bonham Carter, solid Norton/Pitt interactions, Meatloaf, shitty music. SJWs and RedPillers both get the film so laughably wrong, the dangers of using a lense so often that you lose your natural sight.
Look, Fight Club has a bad rep because some people somehow idolize Durden and don't see it as satire (i.e. they don't remember that it is a critique of masculinity/ideology). For me, it is an unabashed favorite. I adore Fincher's playfulness. So many lines/details stick to your ribs forever. The Dust Brothers' score fantastically balances capitalist kitsch with adrenaline speed. Norton's narration is a brain worm.
2.6 stars. I hate what it represents, but it is very good at representing what it does represent. The lecturer before me at my uni used it to teach Masculinity Studies and I replaced it with 'A Room for Romeo Brass' because I don't think masculinity should be wholly conflated with toxic white masculinity under capitalism. Memorable set-pieces (the table fight! the Pixies!) abound in a nihilistic miasma of crassness.
Two top-stars, a capable director, excessive violence: ingredients which are very promising for me. However, "Fight Club" comes up as monotonously unentertaining & boring. Starting with a good premise, society's materialistic values & meaningless life, the movie then spins in the wrong direction, into violent absurdity. That really sucks.
It is simply one of the best put together films in popular culture. It has a twisting, clever plot, a fresh narrative, great dialogue and a central cast that exude charisma. I don't think its adolescent or immature in the least - it speaks to that part of us all that can't quite accept the rigid farce of our modern lives. An ancient Myth for the modern age.
Overall, the movie boasted some superficially neat plot mechanics (the body snatchers stuff, the Jekyll/Hyde stuff), but I'm kind of underwhelmed. I've seen the body as a limit handled much better in other pieces (Cronenberg, for instance). And I've come across death and immateriality in enough other philosophies by now that I'm not really fazed by Fight Club's sophistry on those topics. This is best for teens.