Fight Club (DVD, 2007, Collector's Edition; Steelbook)

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May 9, 2000
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Pros:Rich idea-fest, lovely cinematography and effects

Cons:Hard to sort through, requires thought

It's a shame that this movie didn't do better at the box office. Fight Club takes us through this grand allegory of modern life, showing us where we have no souls. But I expect that this movie will have a long life as a cult classic, thanks to its nihilistic brand of anti-commercialism.

The story concerns our unnamed narrator/protagonist (Edward Norton) as he goes from sleepless and mildly disillusioned recall assessor to therapy group tourist to the co-founder of Fight Club. As a recall assessor, he determines whether the major car company he works for should issue a recall because their fuel injectors have a tendency to spontaneously combust and burn everyone inside or if they should just settled the lawsuits based on which is cheaper. This callous approach to car accidents leaves our hero unhinged and insomniac until he finds various support groups he can go to. Not support groups for his problems, but for other things, like testicular cancer and tuberculosis. In waltzes Marla (a deliciously skanky Helen Bonham Carter), a fellow support group tourist in a particularly funny scene in the testicular cancer support group. So he must find another outlet.

That's where Tyler Durden (Brad Pitt) comes in. He's a soapmaker/anarchist who our hero meets on one of his flights to an accident scene. After their brief and revealing conversation, they part ways. Our hero heads back to his apartment only to find that his collection of Ikea furniture has been blown to smithereens, along with the rest of his apartment. So he moves in with Tyler. And together they start Fight Club.

Fight Club, at its core, bemoans the focus on property and lack of focus on people and relationships. The support group tourism and Fight Club are both ways the main characters try to form connections with other people. In the support groups, the other group members have such honesty with people they hardly know. In the Fight Club, the honesty is purely physical. They face each other, man to man, and fight without anything beyond themselves. The speed in which Fight Club gains members is meant to show the extent of societal disillusionment.

The characters, companies, and locales are intentionally generic and unnamed as to be applicable to anyone. Our hero has no name - he changes it for every support group - as to make him an Everyman, a representation of what we feel (or rather, what the writer and/or director thinks we feel). Our hero works at an unnamed major car company, which becomes all car companies. They live in a metropolitan area, which becomes all metropolitan areas. Taken together, this story becomes a case study of what has become of modern society.

The acting here is top notch. Edward Norton, as always, is convincing and real. The man does not act - he becomes. Brad Pitt takes his set of mannerisms and runaway style of acting and patches it beautifully to Tyler Durden. Granted, there are moments when his performance resembles his work in 12 Monkeys, but not nearly as over the top. The supporting cast is great, especially (and I know how odd this sounds) Meat Loaf. Mr. Loaf (as the esteemed New York Times once referred to him) shows his range here, playing a large breasted testicular cancer sufferer who goes along with Fight Club and all it entails with a boyish enthusiasm.

There are quite a few CGI special effects here, but they are some of the most subtle and tasteful uses of CGI ever put to celluloid. They allow the camera to perform sweeping zooms close up on objects without breaking from the scene. The objects they zoom on aren't obviously computerized, as is true in other movies, they exhibit a remarkable attention to subtle details that runs throughout the movie.

Speaking of subtle details, this movie has a surprise twist late in it which changes your whole perspective on the previous events. I saw it for the second time last night, and I was amazed at how obvious yet subtle this twist is before it is revealed. Fight Club almost requires a second viewing to piece the whole lovely mess together.



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