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Chances are, if you’ve watched any popular movie over the last fifteen years or so, you’ve probably heard the line, ‘The first rule of *whatever* is do not talk about *whatever.*’ This is of course the most famous line from the Brad Pitt/Edward Norton 1999 classic, ‘Fight Club.’ In a nutshell, Fight Club is so good it’s spawned many parodies and rip-offs, none of which have even come close to emulating just how good it is.
I’ll give you a brief plot synopsis, but leave it there, as if I go into too much detail, I start running the risk of letting slip some major spoilers. Edward Norton plays a bored and run-down salesman who spends his days flying across America selling his wares. However, his dull life takes a turn for the interesting when he happens to bump into Tyler Durden (or rather Brad Pitt) on a plane. The two of them form an unlikely bond and come up with a novel way of dealing with male stress in the modern age – they beat the hell out of each other for fun. And, believe it or not, this idea soon spreads across the nation and ‘Fight Clubs’ start springing up everywhere.
It’s about now in the review where I list the good and bad points of the film. However, I can’t actually think of anything negative to say about Fight Club and, if I listed all its plus points then I’d probably be here all day. There’s very little wrong with this film in general – it has everything from great central performances from Pitt, Norton and Helena Bonham Carter (and even a sterling performance from Meat Loaf – who’d have thought!) to wry social commentary, snappy dialogue and those plot points I refuse to mention for fear of being hounded off the internet for spoiling movies.
As I’ve already eluded to, there’s definitely more to it than the synopsis, but anything more may ruin the surprises in store. Whether you like dark, intelligent thrillers or just want to see Brad Pitt topless, you really should check this film out at some stage. It’s already a classic and, even after all these years, holds up very well with its themes of fragile male ego, bonding and the establishment in general.
When I watched it last I felt it had an almost ‘Hitchcock-vibe’ to it all, which would explain why it all feels so dark and timeless. If you haven’t seen it, don’t ask people about it, as they may well give away bits of it that will stay with you forever. Just watch it. Then re-watch it again with a completely different view of it all when you know what it’s really about.
Make no mistake, this is a highly intelligent film with great acting and great camera work. Helena Bonham-Carter demonstrates she's got a life outside Merchant Ivory. My only problem was that the film made me uncomfortable, and there were moments of violence that made me want to retch. Perhaps it was a reminder that I'm a middle of the road, comfortable, conventional consumer - the sort of person who needs to be transformed into a real human being by joining a Fight Club. I didn't really enjoy this film, although it held my attention until the end (which I confess I didn't fully understand).
This film is a classic. Great movie with an excellent plot twist. You have to see this film, it must be on everyone's list. It's a beautifully made, and acted film. There is no weak link in this film, all the actors are fantastic. Brad Pitt pulls of a stellar performance. Must buy.
Fight Club is a very interesting movie, but I'm not going to review the movie, because that has been reviewed here hundreds of time.
The bluray: before I bought this, I was doubtful whether it would matter to have this movie on bluray. I can say I am satisfied with this HD version. The sound is very clear and the music in this film (in the beginning for example) seems spiced up compared to the dvd version and is cleary superior. The picture quality is robust: this movie had some soft grain, but I think that it was the intention of the moviemaker. Somehow, in this movie, it adds character. There's also an interesting depth to the picture which I cant recall from the dvd. Furthermore, a lot of extra detail can be seen when watching this on blu ray. There are some documentaries on the disc, but I didnt watch any of them so I cant comment on them.
In short: if you like this movie, and dont own it yet on dvd (I didnt own it yet), you should definitely buy the blu ray, its worth the extra money because it sounds (a lot) better and it looks better (and grittier). If you already own the dvd, it depends on how much you like this movie. I wouldnt buy it again if that were the case.
i wrote a review about this movie before! but since i quoted a line from the movie which had a naughty word in it it was not published ... lol! for me one line from the movie sums it all up "too much testosterone gives you b***h t*ts! lol they movie sticks quite close to the book from which it is based on which is quite rare. also does not use hardly any cgi grahics... if any... which is quite rare! as much as i hate bradpitt he plays a great tyler durden! and his view of a chaotic world is quite intruiging! overall its a great movie and quite brutal at times and messes with your head alot! but thats just the way the book was as well. great movie with a great cast! edward norton was made for this part
Fight Club is quite possibly the boldest statement of today’s society. One cannot ignore Pitt’s exceptional performance as Tyler, a man who lives the dream that is, everyday life. The main narrator (Ed Norton) plays an insomniac office worker looking to change his average everyday life. He meets Marla (Helena), another ‘faker’ at the various groups he has been attending. Then, as paths collide, ‘mayhem’ breaks lose. You cannot help but assess your own life and wonder; do I marvel to these aspects of life? I still carry the messages forwarded from this movie throughout my life. Excellence worth buying.
This is just a great film for a start. It's one of those that are rare to find. Off beat subject matter and engaging all the way through. It stands a second, third, fourth, fifth etc... etc... watch. In particular this Blu-Ray version is a) well packaged and b) well cut to Blu-Ray. Picture detail is superb but the quality of the sound is epic. Every audible detail in all the right places. It has truly excellent surround delivery. Some Blu-Rays are kind of good but not great in the playback. This one is just the best. I use it to demo my surround system to friend since it really shows what it can do.
I recently returned this and Natural Born Killers to my DVD collections (don't lend them out to other people folks!). However, I can simply say that neither film was as good as I remembered. Although I did love Helena Bonham Carter's turn as Marla. She was absolutely the best thing in the movie.