Movie Review: Fight Club

Directed by David Fincher

5 Stars

David Fincher’s 1999 film Fight Club is an adaptation of Chuck Palahniuk’s novel of the same name. It tells the story of an unnamed narrator (Edward Norton). The narrator has a very ordinary life. He works a 9-5 job, he goes on frequent business trips, and he has an addiction to the IKEA furniture catalogue. That is until he meets the enigmatic Tyler Durden (Brad Pitt). A soap salesman by day and taking on different jobs each night, Tyler is everything the narrator is not. The two men go on to start a fight club together, believing that one must reach physical rock bottom in order to achieve spiritual enlightenment.

I would consider Fight Club to be one of my favourite movies. I think that the film has a lot of interesting things to say about themes such as masculinity, obsession, consumerism, and identity. I’ve seen Fight Club three times, and on each watch, I notice something new and have a slightly different takeaway. The film is very sharp and quickly paced. The two hours and twenty minutes go by quite quickly. The three main characters are all very interesting, and I think the film serves as a very compelling character study of the narrator. The iconic ending is excellent, in my opinion, and you will walk away from the film somewhat haunted. I would definitely recommend Fight Club. While it may not be for everyone, I think that most people can get something very valuable out of the film. People tend to consider this film to be an overly nihilistic celebration of violence, but I think it’s essentially the opposite. I would recommend going into the movie with a clear mind, and you may find yourself loving it.

Reviewed by Ainsley M.

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