Friday, April 1, 2011

Review of "Fight Club"

The Fight Club is a action-drama that grabs your attention to the fullest extent. The movie features many established actors and actresses such as Edward Norton, Brad Pitt, and Helena Bonham Carter. Edward Norton plays a melancholy urban loner who is fed up with his job and his life in general. He has a chance encounter with soap salesman and badass Tyler Durden, played by Brad Pitt, and his life is changed forever. Together, they start a "fight club" aimed at channeling male aggression, in which people keep their vows of secrecy filled with the raw intentions of "locker-room" style of violence. The violence leads to the creation of a cult which is hell-bent towards the destruction of the peace. When the club elevates to widespread chaos, Edward Norton and Brad Pitt realize their vast differences and intentions while coming to grips with their striking similarities. Director David Fincher succeeds in telling a story that can only be summed up as "Mischief, Mayhem,and Soap".
The movie succeeds at in-depth character analysis. Edward Norton attends 12 step programs, faking his pain to compare his life with real-life, recovering human beings. The audience gets a glimpse to the rise of Edward Norton's character as the seriousness of the club grows. The movie is shot from his angle, giving the audience his prospective as he watches his cult turn into a worldwide terrorist organization. You see the plot unfold form his eyes, leaving much detail to be unravelled by the other characters themselves. Helena Bonham Carter plays his significant other, primarily used as a vantage point between the audience and the "revealing" of the story line.
This movie works as a high testosterone blockbuster aimed pure violence and destruction. It's action-packed and chalk full of fight scenes, adding more enjoyment for the viewer. The secrecy in which the plot portrays adds more than just fight scenes, but actual substance the organization which is being established. Edward Norton and Brad Pitt present marvelous acting performances in a thriller which is a "must see" for the average film enthusiast.

1 comment:

  1. This is one of my favorite movies and I thought your review told enough to catch someone's interest, but also did not give too much away that would ruin the best parts of the movie. I think it is important that we see and hear most of the story through one character's eyes because then we feel like we are right there in the middle of the story, learning at the same time as the main character, which makes this movie more exciting and engaging.