I was lucky to have an early screening that allowed me the weekend to sit on my review and reflect upon what might be the best movie I’ve seen all year. I needed the three-day weekend to figure out pieces of the film that I missed the first time around, but pulled together once I really thought about it. The bits I didn’t get the first time around will be ironed out when I go and see the film again.
In the end, Fight Club is about empowering ones self. The movie’s synopsis reads: You are not your job. You are not how much you have in the bank. You are not the contents of your wallet. You are not your khakis. You are not a beautiful and unique snowflake. These are the amendments that Tyler Durden lives by. This is how he goes through life, one experience at a time. And what an experience this movie was.
Fight Club is about fighting, but that’s not all. As a matter of fact, fighting only opens the door to a whole lot more. And inside this broken-down house lies the dual life of either a madman or someone in search of the opportunity to empower himself. This movie is intense. You laugh a few times, but the intensity is what keeps your eyes on the screen.
Most of the movie seems to be poorly written, as Brad Pitt’s character, Tyler Durden, is the prototypical bad-cool guy. Pitt plays his cool against Edward Norton’s average Joe. As Norton walks on the sidewalk, Pitt walks in the water filled gutter, Norton takes the bus and Pitt steals a sports car. As stereotypical as Pitt’s character seemed early on, you soon realize that the intense creature that is Durden seems to be coming unraveled, as all psychopaths do in the movies, but you are in for a surprise.
Fight Club touches on the strength of a man’s heart and soul, his ability to change the world. It may not be as far-fetched as it seems. The movie leaves you wondering what contribution you are making to yourself and the world around you. See this movie. Let it sit in your mind and swim around. Trust me, it will strike you right away, but it will torment you forever.
+ charlie craine