Fight Club Film Review (1999)


Fight Club

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Today I’m going to be talking about a film which is a likely candidate as my favourite film of all time. It’s a film that has contributed towards the way I view life and the person that I am today.

I hate to give away the tense reveal this early in the review but I need to start off by saying that Fight Club is an amazing film. Fight Club the movie is based on a novel of the same name which was written by Chuck Palahniuk. The movie stars both Edward Norton as the average, nameless, every day man “the narrator” and Brad Pitt as the crazy cool, no shits given “Tyler Durden”. The two actors are amazing in their roles and the two characters have been perfectly crafted to bring this story to life in a way that a slight variation in the characters could have very well failed to do. The relationship between The Narrator as Tyler Durden is really what makes this film tick with the everyman Narrator being taught how to achieve true freedom by moving outside of the lines that society has created for him. I may be rushing ahead of myself here but there is just so much depth to this film.

Back to basics, I want to make it very clear that Fight Club is not a fighting film. This is the opinion that I and many others have had before watching this film before but these opinions were entirely misguided. Is the Fight Club marketed as a fighting film? Does it contain elements of fighting within the film? Of course. BUT this is not what the film is about and anyone with any brain cells left will understand this after viewing. To anyone reading this review who is not sure about watching Fight Club because they don’t want to watch a film which revolves around fighting then I am here to tell you right now that it’s not the case at all and that you should watch it right now. Stop reading this review and go watch this film…please.

If for some reason you’re still here then I will continue trying to sell this film to you. It’s difficult to put together an accurate log line for Fight Club without spoiling its contents or making it sound too much like it revolves around fighting but in the words of it’s “An insomniac office worker looking for a way to change his life crosses paths with a devil-may-care soap maker and they form an underground fight club that evolves into something much, much more…”. To be honest, the less you know about this film before watching it the more you will enjoy it and that’s why I’m not going to talk too much about where the plot leads. All I can say is that there is nothing predicable here.

Fight Club is also directed by David Fincher who brings a dark tone to the film world which works well to create atmosphere. Fincher’s directing style in Fight Club is also experimental and unusual with many clever techniques used which are often only noticeable on the second or third viewing.

The best thing about Fight Club is that it’s a tribe threat. Firstly, Fight club offers a captivating, fresh and shocking story which keeps the audience hooked from beginning to end and leaving them with a sense of immense satisfaction. Secondly, the production values are high with incredible acting and thoughtful directing. Lastly, Fight Club is an extremely meaningful film with commentary on both consumerism and identity. It’s the type of movie with messages that will stick with you days, weeks, months and years after viewing.

Maybe this wasn’t the best film for me to review because I am so personally invested but I needed to share my love for Fight Club. I hope that this review convinces at least one person to watch it!

“Triple Threat”

I give Fight Club a…