Fight Club (1999)

January 24, 2007 at 6:06 pm 1 comment

Insurance rep Jack (Edward Norton) suffers from insomnia and addictive consumerism. His life has little meaning until he meets Tyler Durden (Brad Pitt). The two start an underground fight club that escalates into a neo-revolutionary terrorist group. 

Some critics called it chauvinistic and derided it for it’s brutality, but with the benefit of hindsight it is hard for anyone to ignore Fight Club’s genius.

After Seven, David Fincher was the perfect choice to create the film’s beautifully dirty deconstruction of society while maintaining it’s black humour and undeniable cool.

Pitt and Norton are superb as opposing sides of a disturbed mind and Helena Bonham Carter is wonderful as the eccentric, grubby Marla. Fight Club is slick, vicious, thought-provoking entertainment and it served as a fitting end to a suave decade of trendy violence and stone-cold cool that began with Tarantino. Fight Club resembles Tarantino with it’s slick dialogue and ultra violence, but differs with it’s intellect, depth and truth.

It perfectly encapsulates the voice of a new generation of thinkers bred from a cold environment of consumerism and questions without answers.

In short, it is a bleak and brutal solution to the apathy of the ageing MTV generation; “the all-singing, all-dancing crap of the world.”

Sure, Tyler Durden’s almost puritan vision of a back to basics world is fanciful, but as Jack and Marla clutch each other’s hands to the sound of The Pixies’ “Where is My Mind” and the financial world collapses around them, it is impossible not to feel an overwhelming sense of awe at the possibility of a new way of life.It is this ruthless and honest anti-establishment view drenched in Fincher’s glorious vision of filthiness that is the reason why this film still resonates with audiences seven years later.

Pictures: Top Left: Brad Pitt and Edward Norton, Bottom Right: Helena Bonham Carter and Edward Norton

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  • 1. lawgrrl07  |  March 30, 2007 at 11:42 pm

    Awesome…this film is still one of my guilty pleasure favorites of all time…and, yes, even girls need a dose of testosterone-fueled fare once in awhile…

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