Fight Club

“Fight Club” Review


Edward Norton……………………The Narrator
Tyler Durden……………………….Tyler Durden
Helena Bonham Carter…………..Marla Singer


Director…………………………….David Fincher
Producers………………………….Ross Grayson Bell, Ceán Chaffin, Art Linson
Writers……………………………..Chuck Palahniuk (novel), Jim Uhls (screenplay)

When people hear the words “Fight Club,” they think of an extremely violent and shallow movie about a bunch of boxers beating the living daylights out of each other.

Let me tell you right now that it is something far more than that.

There haven’t been too many movies in recent times that seem to have been as opinion-dividing as this film. Alright, maybe that’s an overstatement, but it still doesn’t change the fact that people have been arguing over “Fight Club” ever since it was released in 1999.

The story follows an unnamed office employee – referred to just as The Narrator – played brilliantly by Edward Norton. He has been suffering from insomnia for a while now; he wants medication for it, but his doctor, suspecting him to be a fraud – tell him stop complaining, and go see a testicular cancer support group if he wants to see people “in real pain.”

So Norton heeds this advice, and goes to one of these sessions. And to his astonishment, he finds that this support group helps him to let go of his emotions, which helps him begin to sleep again. Once he realizes that these emotional releases help him sleep, he signs up for several of these support groups: blood parasites, sickle-cell, tuberculosis, you name it. But then, a woman named Marla singer (played excellently by Helena Bonham Carter) “ruins everything.” She too was a ‘faker’ like Norton, except she just went to these groups for cheap entertainment. And when he learns that there is another faker in the midst, he can’t let out his emotions any more, and he finds himself unable to sleep. Again.

Then, while on an airplane ride, Norton meets Tyler Durden (played by Brad Pitt), a soap salesman who sees life a little differently from Norton. On this same day, an airline loses Norton’s baggage, and his apartment is blown up. Needing a place to stay, he moves in with Tyler, in one of the most run-down houses I’ve ever seen in a film. And this is when we embark on an enthralling journey that sees these two create Fight Club – an underground fighting club aimed to help people vent their emotions – and much more, all a part of Tyler Durden’s large and intricate plan.

The acting in this film is first-rate. Brad Pitt is outstanding as Tyler Durden, the unusual soap salesman, and was a real breakthrough in his career, as it showed that he wasn’t just a pretty face in Hollywood. Helena Bonham Carter is also very good as Marla Singer, the faker. However, I felt that Norton ran away with gold; his depiction of the insomnia-riddled Narrator is extraordinary.

In my opinion, Norton, now 42, has to be one of the best actors of his generation – a generation, I might add, that includes other illustrious names like Johnny Depp and Ralph Fiennes. Whether or not you agree with that last statement, Norton has to be one of my favourite actors at the moment, along with Gosling. There have been a whole host of others that have occupied these two spots, including Hanks, Clooney, and DiCaprio, but for the moment, it remains Gosling and Norton.

Either way, getting back to the film, the score is decent, though not awe-inspiring. My favourite scores in films are those that elevate the movie, though not become overbearing. I never really noticed this film’s score at any point, but maybe that’s how it’s meant to be. In my opinion, you have to be able to notice the good music, but not let it take over. But that’s just me.

“Fight Club” makes you think, especially near the end of the film, where the director reveals a shocking revelation to us. However, the film isn’t based solely on the twist, and though it has shock-value, it isn’t what makes this film great. What makes this film great, besides the fantastic acting and the unconventional directing, is the fact that it makes one think of society as a whole. It looks at society, and how society works, and it tells us a lot about people in today’s world.

This is an unusual film, and is directed in an unusual way. With its fantastic acting and thought-provoking ideas, this is a film that is very relevant in today’s world of consumerism. “Fight Club” is a brilliant movie with a controversial message, and probably requires more than one viewing to see just how good it is.