There is no easy way to describe this film. David Fincher, once again, has directed an incredible movie that cannot be ignored. As with many of his previous films (The Game, Seven) you either love it, or hate it. There is no middle ground. It is interesting to see how the same movie can have a profoundly different impact depending on the viewer. Fight Club demonstrates the newest generation gap in movies.
Older filmgoers probably share the opinion of Roger Ebert who regarded this film, at best, as bad. There will be those that cannot get past the violence in the film (for which it is named). That is understandable. They probably consider Fight Club base and unrefined. This is true to a certain extent, but hidden beneath the rough exterior is a profound look at modern existence. I think most of the people who do not like this movie, felt so because they learned something about themselves – something they did not like. Fight Club attacks our sense of well being because it attacks our purpose for existence. This film points how pointless a life can be when materialism defines who we are. Most of the older generations are content to spend their life in mediocrity, pursuing material satisfaction and letting others do the thinking for them.
However, the younger generations, being raised into this existence, are more likely to become aware of this trivial way of life. We are discovering the emptiness modern definitions of “success” can bring. This is not to say the younger generations are not mediocre or materialistic. We are. But we are more likely to admit it and be willing to find something more meaningful in life. This is the true essence of Fight Club. It is the misguided search to define ones existence by giving up creature comforts and the notion that we can all be superstars. It is the search to find something real.
What, in this profound search for meaning in our dreary lives, is the purpose of showing Tyler splicing single frames of pornography into children’s movies or peeing in soup? Entertainment, my friends.
This movie has it all: philosophy, action and comedy all presented in a visually stunning format. I believe this is the second greatest film of all time (you can guess at the first).
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