‘Fight Club’: Flashback Movie Review

Watch the movie for free at 123movies or Soap2day. In this David Fincher (Curious Case of Benjamin Button, The Social Network) directed film an unnamed “everyman” automobile company employee (Edward Norton) narrates his struggle with insomnia. Unable to acquire medicinal aid and his condition worsening, he finds temporary relief by way of various addictive behaviors; he eventually finds some form of peace by attending various support groups for people who struggle with such terminal or life-altering conditions as testicular cancer.

After a number of satisfying sessions with the testicular support group, Norton’s character is disturbed to meet Marla Singer (Helena Bonham Carter) who’s engaged in the same behavior, attending support groups to stir emotional release and help cope with her pathetic life.

This doesn’t sit well with the “everyman” when he discovers that he no longer feels the positive effects he craves if someone else is doing the same thing; it ruins it for him. He eventually strikes a contentious deal with Marla by splitting up the support groups so that they each attend on separate days. This twisted beginning all occurs in the film’s opening scenes.

Brad Pitt as Tyler Durden

However, the central plot catalyst of the film occurs on a plane while flying home from a business trip. It is there that he meets soap salesman, Tyler Durden (Brad Pitt). The Narrator connects with Durden’s personality and ideas immediately. Durden gives the narrator his business card. From there, chaotic events ensue which lead the Narrator to contacting Durden shortly thereafter. The two men start a fight club that quickly gains the support of many everyday men. Similar fight clubs begin popping up all over the country as Durden takes our Narrator on a self-discovering journey about how “only when we’ve lost everything are we free to do anything.”

Norton and Pitt Blend Well

Casting for this film was well selected. Norton and Pitt create a splendid and enjoyable dichotomy of personality and ego. Carter’s performance as the love interest is bleakly complimentary in a positive way. The combination of these actors and the great cinematographical qualities, weave together to create a unique bildungsroman tale about a middle-aged everyman who discovers order in mind-bending chaos.

The Final Mark

After watching this film, even a decade later, it can come as no surprise that Fincher is now the acclaimed director of a potential best picture (The Social Network). The film is good, but it probably appeals to particular tastes. In the end, I liked this movie. However, the film’s pacing seemed to become a bit of a drag during the transition from the middle segments to the ending of the film. Nevertheless, the ending is strangely satisfying. My Mark: 7.7/10 C+