Justin Peterson’s review published on Letterboxd:
My Favorite Films #3
David FIncher's (Fight Club)
"I want you to punch me as hard as you can!"
Fight Club was my first favorite movie, and totally blew my mind when I saw it as an 8th grader. And I am so happy to say that it still holds up!
This was the first movie that really made me see film as an art with its unconventional structure and cool visuals. I love how the camera feels like it is constantly moving with these tracking shots, almost like the cinematographer is amped up on caffeine. Then CGI moments are cleverly woven in to give us these amazing shots that can go all the way down into a trash can filled with Starbucks cups and White Castle wrappers.
"Everywhere I travel, tiny life. Single-serving sugar, single-serving cream, single pat of butter..... People I meet on each flight? They're single-serving friends."
Director David Fincher masterfully paced this adaptation by driving the movie forward with this narration from Edward Norton's character who gives us all these funny and interesting factoids that poke fun at the overloaded commercialism in today's society. The movie slows down some during the scenes with Helena Bonham Carter, but otherwise it is amazing how much is jammed packed into this very tight 2h 19min run time. I thought there might be some 90s references that have dated it, but that is not the case at all.
"We are consumers. We're the by-products of a lifestyle obsession."
“Is that what a man looks like?”
Brad Pitt is so awesome in this movie and I love his chemistry with Edward Norton. Pitt's look from his red jacket and sun glasses down to his chiseled abs are just perfect. I love how meta they get with explaining what cigarette burns are in film projection. It definitely feel like Fincher was inspired by Bergman's film 'Persona' which I watched for the first time last year. letterboxd.com/petersonj198/film/persona/
"And the eighth and final rule: if this is your first time at Fight Club, you have to fight."
I love the whole macho guy vibe this movie relishes in as the characters talk about these dude topics and get off on pounding the shit out of each other. It makes me miss being around all my guy friends in college, and I would definitely be a pledge of Project Mayhem.
The movie is this perfect depiction of everyone's deep desire to say 'Fuck off, with fitting into this mold of what your family or society wants you to be'. You can live in a piece of shit house, with the freedom of no responsibilities, and still be happy'.
"We're a generation of men raised by women. I'm wondering if another woman is really the answer we need."
"I can't get married, I'm a 30 year old boy."
The twist of the movie is what really hooked me, and as a teen it was not until those surveillance camera shots at the end when it all clicked for me, and changed my perspective on movies forever!
I can not even imagine seeing this for the first time now... would I pick up on all the subtle flashes of Tyler during the first act? I definitely did not notice as a teen, while I was absorbing all these crazy facts about recalling cars.
It is wild to think that this came out the same year as 'The Sixth Sense', and they are both so well known for being the pioneers of the twist ending. In rewatching Fight Club, it is amazing how early in the third act the big reveal occurs when we discover that Edward Norton and Tyler are one in the same. But in my teenage mind watching it for the first time, I did not even grasp that until we actually see him dragging himself thru the parking garage. This is likely due to how much the movie ends up being a sensory overload.
And my mind was just blown away again, Edward Norton's character does not have a name, on IMDB he is just listed as 'The Narrator' and I never noticed that before.
"In death a member of Project Mayhem has a name. His name is Robert Paulson. - His name is Robert Paulson"
FYI: The biggest difference compared to the book that I recall is that the book has a darker ending, because the gun kills the narrator and Tyler... (edit*) or so he thinks.
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