Fight Club

Fight Club

1999

Distributed by: 20th Century Fox

Directed by: David Fincher

Staring: Brad Pitt, Edward Norton, Helena Bonham Carter, Meat Loaf Aday, and Jared Leto

**THERE ARE SPOILERS IN THIS POST**

**Since Fight Club is less than 20 years old there is a spoiler alert.  I can’t give my review without spoilers so this is your last chance to turn back.**

Fight Club is a wild ride from the beginning to the end with plenty of twists.  I am counting it as a drama because everyone else does but I also classify it, at least to myself somewhat, as a romantic comedy.  Because some of the scenes are funny and there is a heavy romance aspect to it.  Even if the “romance” is towards fighting.  It lives up to its assigned genre of drama because within the first ten minutes you get into very emotionally dramatic stuff and then throughput the whole movie it’s very action dramatic.

It takes place in the 1990s so the clothing and everything else like the vehicles and background objects all fit in.  The music matched the themes of the scenes.  Even though it was mostly background music.  I feel like most of the scenes didn’t actually need music but that would be a weird movie with no music and only dialogue and sound effects.  It takes place in a few different places.  The Narrator (Played by Edward Norton) ends up going to a bunch of different cities, and within the main city he goes to a lot of buildings.  Much of the movie is dark.  As in the scenes are dark, I don’t usually like that but I can tolerate it with Fight Club.  Blade Runner (1982) is also filmed in poorly lit areas.  It takes place in a post apocalyptic Los Angeles and there is already so much smog and pollution there but they make it worse.  I can barely watch it because of that.  I think that the acting is really good.  Brad Pitt had to work out a lot before shooting the movie because he plays the ultra macho and muscular character that leads the club.

I think that the character of Marla (played by Helena Bonham Carter) isn’t necessary for the movie but she also is.  She sort of serves as a buffer between Tyler (played by Brad Pitt) and The Narrator.  She comes off as kind of crazy but she is the only woman of substance in this movie, so of course she is, just like everyone else that they interact with.  There is this thing in movies a called the Bechdel Test.  It basically says how, for lack of a better term, feminist the movie is.  It has three rules and they are that there need to be at least two named female characters, who talk to each other, and they talk about something besides a man.  Fight Club fails it massively.  There are a handful of female character but they have one line or they are just on the background.

Fight Club really makes you think about your life and how we are all controlled by stuff.  Tyler says, “The stuff you own ends up owning you” and that’s how it is in our day and age.  We are defined by the stuff we have.  This is one of those movies where you want to watch it again like it’s your first time watching it but it’s not as good when you watch it again, because you know what is going to happen.  Overall I like this movie and I would recommend it to everyone. 

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