Director: David Fincher
Writer: Jim Uhls
Starring: Brad Pitt as Tyler Durden
Edward Norton as Jack
Helena Bonham as Marla Singer
All I've got to say is.....wow! Every once in a while we get one of those films that start up a lot of controversy and actually make us think. A dark film that digs into your mind and pumps your blood. This is one of them films.
The film takes place from the point of view of Jack (Edward Norton). He's a depressed work-a-holic with Insomnia. He tells his doctor he's the worst you can get. His doctor tells him to swing by a club for men with testicular cancer...just to see how depressed you can get. So Jack does. When he gets there he sees men crying all over each other, talking about how having testicular cancer messed their lives. Jack meets Bob (Meat Loaf) there. He's a fat man that got testicular cancer by using steroids. After talking with Bob and crying with him, Jack discovers that things could be worse for himself. He starts to go to all kinds of disease clubs, to continue to sleep. Then one day he meets a man named Tyler Durden (Brad Pitt). They get to know each other better and they start up a local "fight club" in the basement of a bar. When fight clubs start to sprout up everywhere in the world, the couple decide to take the club to a whole different level.
When you're depressed and have nothing to do, why not create your own club to beat the crap out of each other and cause terror to innocent civilians? That's what these guys do. This film gave me something different. Something that taught me (which doesn't usually happen). Brad Pitt points out in the film that "Someday we will die, and we have to make the most out of life." And you know what, I kind of understood that. You don't want to just have a basic day-to-day life. You want to have a great life.
I really related to Ed Norton's character. I did. I understood him. He's a man trying to put a stop to what he created. He's man that once had a regular life, then has a turbulent life, then he wants a regular life again. Brad Pitt's character was a little harder to relate with. You don't meet him until about a half hour into the film, which I was already used to Jack so it was kind of harder to relate to Tyler. Plus, you never get a look into Tyler's life. All you learn about him is that he wants some action in his life. Whenever we're with Tyler, Tyler's with Jack. The audience is not once left alone with Tyler. But if we got to know Tyler more, it would have ruined the end of the film.
I've read numerous reviews on this film and I think they need to watch the film again. Maybe two more times. This is the most pure and excellent movies I've seen in a long time. Rosie O'Donnell saw the film and said she couldn't sleep for days. Now if you can effect Rosie O'Donnell, then you got a great film. If you take Ultra violence, black humor, a great soundtrack, great acting, and an ending that will make you say, "What the...?" you get "Fight Club."
Before you see this film I hope you get ready to expect anything. I sure didn't. I had to watch this film almost three more times to catch everything. A new name in my list of favorite films.
copyright (c) 2003, Max Colston, Used with Permission
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