US Release Date: 09-21-1999
Directed by: David Fincher
- Edward Norton, as
- Brad Pitt, as
- Tyler Durden
- Helena Bonham Carter, as
- Marla Singer
- Meat Loaf, as
- Robert 'Bob' Paulson
- Zach Grenier, as
- Richard Chesler
- Richmond Arquette as
Brad Pitt in Fight Club.
Fight Club is a pretense gone amuck. It spouts philosophy and wisdom with all the arrogance of a liberal politician. I love philosophy and this movie has some good things to say. But like the liberal politician, it contradicts itself and fails to take into account that some people actually do what they want because they like to.
Ed Norton plays a man who at first appears to have the American dream. He has a nice paying job and a good apartment. However, he is unhappy and disillusioned with life. He meets a stranger, Pitt, who shows him a new way of life through fighting. They start an underground fight club and soon attract many members.
Fight Club has all kinds of philosophical lines such as, "This is your life and it's ending one minute at a time." and "Only after disaster can we be resurrected." and "Self-improvement is masturbation. And self-destruction." and "Advertising has us chasing cars and clothes, working jobs we hate so we can buy shit we don't need." The point of the movie is to tell men not to be society's sheep. However, by the end of the movie all of the men are sheep to the fight club. So their lives are no better, in fact they are worse.
The movie ends with a awesome plot twist that makes you want to watch the movie over again. It also makes the entire movie less effective. I won't give away the twist but it made me lose any compassion for anyone in the film.
Norton and Pitt are great here. I have always been a fan of Norton's. He is awesome in everything he does. Pitt on the other hand has never impressed me as an actor until I saw this movie. He is perfect for this role.
Fight Club is worth a view or two. It is not as intelligent as it thinks it is but it sure will have you talking after.
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