Fight Club (1999) Review

Fight Club

Release Date: October 15, 1999

Director: David Fincher

Stars: Edward Norton, Brad Pitt, Helena Bonham Carter

Runtime: 139 min

Tagline: Mischief. Mayhem. Soap.

Vote Tyler Durden for President.

An internally angry office worker insomniac (Norton) joins forces with a slippery soap salesman (Pitt) to create a shocking new form of
therapy that channels primal male aggression. This therapy is to beat
the hell out of each other, but the first and second rule of Fight Club is that you cannot talk about it. Their concept becomes popular and soon catches on in every town worldwide, and they become a secretive household name. When an extremely eccentric woman (Carter) creates tensions between the two, which in turn ignites a violent out-of-control spiral toward oblivion.

Fight Club offers one heck of an experience that is original on all levels.

It really is difficult not to fall in love with the atmosphere the film offers.

It’s easier for the male demographic to enjoy, but that doesn’t
mean females shouldn’t at least give a try. It’s darkly funny, wonderfully dramatic and uses themes of anarchy and mayhem extremely well. This film owns just about some of the greatest and most unique cinematography I have ever witnessed. It is so great and stylish, that it’s really hard not to appreciate. David Fincher is a great director in his finest hour that brings a unique style to this great film. I love writers and directors that can create atmospheres like this, and create comedy in the most intense of situations.

The direction, the cinematography, the editing, the writing, the
acting, the visual effects (must I go on?), are all amazing. Chuck
Palahniuk, the writer of the novel that this film was adapted from, has stated this film is an improvement on his novel. I wouldn’t know about that, but I’d like to give the novel a read.

Both Norton’s and Pitt’s characters are so fascinating. They are both fairly troubled, which makes for great characters. They are also
wonderfully developed. Their legacy of Fight Club started an eventual violent revolution, and you simply must see it unfold. And then watch it again. And again. Why not another time? Seriously though, it really is worth the second watch. You’ll pick up on things that you may have missed.

All of the other supporting characters, like Marla, are really cool, also. I mean she may get irritating, but she has a great sense of humor, and she’s played well by Carter. Each character has a sense of humor, and some sense of philosophy. Especially Pitt’s, he’s one fascinating character. Each actor performs quite well, no matter how small the role. There are some darkly hysterical scenes, dramatic scenes, sexy scenes, vivid and visually beautiful scenes, intense scenes, strange scenes, stylish scenes, violent scenes, twisted scenes*, and each scene is memorable in its own right.

Edward Norton, Brad Pitt, Helena Bonham Carter, Meat Loaf, Zach Grenier and Jared Leto star in this film.

Fight Club is a daringly original cinematic experience that offers one heck of a dark, hysterical, and flawless experience. The
atmosphere is great, and the visuals that are offered are quite stunning. It really is an incredible cinematic achievement. If you didn’t think it was good, or even a little funny, you may just have a tumour called Marla.

* and one scene, two scenes, red scenes and blue scenes, a little Dr. Seuss for you.


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