AdequateEmily’s review published on Letterboxd:
It’s my birthday! So I decided to watch my favorite movie. I could go on for hours about how perfect this movie is, how it analyzes consumerism, capitalism, fascist indoctrination, gender roles, and toxic masculinity, how it got co-opted by assholes, and one day…I WILL talk about it for hours. But until then I’ll leave it at this: it’s crazy that a film this weird, dense, and openly philosophical became a “dudebro movie”. It’s really as much an art film as it is anything else. I think it’s aided by Fincher’s incredibly rough yet flashy exterior. It manages to be beautiful yet grungy, technical yet unique. Hell, it’s so unique in its style that aside from a few artifacts from 1999 it could be released today and no one would know the difference. It offsets its philosophical dramatic energy with hilariously dark humor. And it’s all helped by the best performances of Brad Pitt, Edward Norton, and Helena Bonham Carter’s careers. Seriously, Brad Pitt’s performance as Tyler Durden is one of my favorites of all time. And that music! My god! The Dust Brothers really released one of the best scores of all time and then moved back to production work. It’s a shame, this is one of the most innovative an unique scores I’ve heard in a film. Just…every aspect of this is my entire thing. And I love it. Go watch it if you haven’t, live a little, watch a crazy, violent philosophical movie and have some fun! And remember the first rule of Project Mayhem…is you do not ask questions.