Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Movie Review: Fight Club - Breaking The First Two Rules

“The first rule of fight club is: you do not talk about fight club…”, unless you have been living on mars for the past 13 years, I’m sure you have heard that infamous speech somewhere before. Fight Club (1999), is one of my all-time favorite movies. It is exciting, funny, deranged and violent at the same time.

Edward Norton plays a depressed, emotionally scarred man with an average job, who seeks help from various support groups. There is nothing special about him. However, his life changes when he meets Tyler Durden (Brad Pitt). Tyler Durden is everything Edward Norton’s character ever wanted to be; he doesn’t care about anything or anyone does what he pleases and treats life as a big joke. Together they start an underground fight club with a strict set of rules. Winning a fight is irrelevant; the fighting is more of a therapy. After a while Tyler Durden pushes the members further and further into chaos, giving them assignments like picking fights with strangers and losing. Things go out of control when the club turns more into a terrorist organization and it’s up to Edward Norton’s character to stop Tyler Durden. This leads to a very interesting plot twist that reveals another psychological aspect of Edward Norton’s character.

Edward Norton was perfect for the role of depressed employee; he has got both the face and the voice for it. Having him narrate the story was also a very good decision from director David Fincher. Norton’s voice just suits the movie. I’m not the biggest Brad Pitt fan, but he also did a really good job playing Tyler Durden. The carefree bad boy Tyler Durden has become one of those characters you just can’t imagine being played by anyone else, the look, the voice, the infamous fight club speech, it has all become iconic.

Violence, witty lines, excitement and humor are all awesome, but I’m especially a big fan of movies that make you think. Movies you can relate too. And Edward Norton’s character is one many of us can relate to. Though he may be an exaggerated version, thousands of people feel depressed sometimes. This movie depicts what happens when depression overflows and we start thinking and acting radically, losing our grip at reality and all the destruction and self-destruction that follows.

Few movies will receive a 5/5 from me. Though I am a mild judge of the movies that I enjoyed, I do have a standard for what movies should be like. Fight Club is one of the movies that made my standard what it is today.

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