Fight Club Film Review - English - Film Review

827 words - 4 pages

Brooke Wielenga

Fight Club film review "Fight Club" is infused with a deeper meaning than what the title presents. Breaking free from consumerism is a battle of the fists. Fight Club makes us realize that we are immersed in a world of materialistic possessions, which makes us less satisfied. These ideas that are presented by Fincher are what make "Fight Club" a dark yet enlightening film. It's insanely genius, twisted, and thrilling by David Fincher.

Edward Norton, the narrator, is an office worker at an automobile company who suffers from chronic insomnia. He is a consumerist slave who spends time filling his condominium apartment with unnecessary IKEA goods. He relieves his insomnia by attending frequent support groups such as testicular cancer and tuberculous. Although the narrator doesn't have any of these conditions, he sees the support groups as a way to expose his cancer of feelings. This, however, is ruined when he meets a woman called Marla Singer (Helena Bonham Carter), who also starts attending these groups, and neither is a victim of any of these conditions. His life changes when he meets soap seller, Tyler Durden (Brad Pitt) on a plane coming back from a business trip. Tyler Durden seems to have it all: he is attractive, successful, and a fearless leader. Everything the narrator aspires to be. The two men together create an underground fight club where men join to escape their mundane lives by living on the edge. At the film's beginning, the narrator is entrapped in the consumer world, but gradually, that battle is won by him breaking away from his former lifestyle.

Although the film comes across as a violent, brutal, bloody mess, "Fight Club" has a lot more to sell to the audience. What is really being fought is consumerism. The consumerist culture that Fincher presents to us is thought-provoking and effective. As Tyler Durden says, "The things you own; end up owning you." We believe that purchasing unneeded goods will make us content, but really it only gives us temporary satisfaction. Fincher cleverly crafts this powerful idea through the "Nesting Instinct" scene. In a creative and surreal mise-en-scene, the camera slowly pans through the narrator's apartment, polluted with pieces of Ikea furniture. The pieces of furniture are shown to be identical to the catalog that he is perusing with price tags and descriptions. During this scene, the narrator's monotone voice matched with bland light...

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