It’s only after we have lost everything that we’re free to do anything – Tyler Durden
David Fincher’s Fight Club is about an insomniac depressed office worker (Edward Norton) who meets a charismatic soap maker Tyler Durden (Brad Pitt) and together they form a fight club for men as a form of radical psychotherapy to fight out their wrath against the consumerist society. The movie also focuses on the Marla Singer (Helena Bonham Carter) who get intertwined in the lives of the Narrator and Tyler.
My man Edward Norton is brilliant in this movie as he is always in all his movies. Brad Pitt also gives a scintillating performance in this flick and Helena Bonham Carter, one of my favourite actress, glitters in her role. Norton and Pitt, both deserved Academy nominations for their roles.
David Fincher is one of the best directors around. His Se7en and Zodiac are one of the best thrillers I have ever seen and ‘The Social Network’ is one of the best drama movies His direction is perfect in this movie. The movie is so well directed and he was Oscar-worthy for his work in this movie.
The movie begins with a brilliant note and the first half is awesome. The first half of this movie is very engrossing and touches upon various issues that men have to face in the modern world and is extremely funny and extremely cool and extremely thought provoking. I loved it but my hopes were shattered in the second half when the movie loses its charm that binds you in the first half and culminates into men hitting each other vigorously and blood spluttering all around.
The movie loses its logic and the brilliant effort of Norton and Pitt to save the second half is the only thing that keeps your eyes towards the screen. The movie then has a twist which gives you a chill but within seconds kills it because it makes you think of the various interactions between Tyler and the Narrator and various people and how some dialogues are manipulated that people don’t get the twist. And, don’t get me started about the climax. Hell with everything else, but how do you get rid of your dissociated personality by shooting yourself in the head and not die yourself?
But, I have to admire the last shot with Helena and Norton looking out through the glasses at the exploding buildings with ‘Where is My Mind?’ playing, it doesn’t get better than it. That scene was the only scene in the second half which was interesting and is perfect in every sense.
Fight Club has gained a cult status because it struck a chord with men who suffer with the same modern problems the men in the movie face. People saw themselves within the Narrator amd the man they want to be in Tyler. Nobody, then minded the second half and Fight Club has then found itself on many Great Movies lists but in reality is a good movie which loses its grasp in the second half.
Fight Club has an engrossing first half but gets uninteresting and illogical in the second half, in which the movie loses its wittiness and charm and the underlying message about consumerism is overshadowed by the vicious violence and gore and the amazing performances and the stupendous direction are the only two aspects which keep the movie going in the dulled second half.
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