Movie Review: Fight Club

Feb 22nd, 2019

Details from IMDB:

Fight Club (1999)

| | Drama | 15 October 1999 (USA)
 
8.8/10
1,645,315
 
An insomniac office worker and a devil-may-care soapmaker form an underground fight club that evolves into something much, much more.

Director:

 David Fincher

Writers:

 Chuck Palahniuk (novel), Jim Uhls (screenplay)

Initial Thoughts:

This is another movie that I'd seen but my wife never did, I enjoyed it a lot (parts I loved) so we gave it a watch.

Main Points:

I've always enjoyed Brad Pitt and he is really good in this one. I'll say right away, this is an odd movie. If somehow you haven't seen it, then I won't spoil it as there is a big twist/surprise that I didn't see coming when I first saw it. Watching it again, however, the hints are all there.

The movie plays a balancing act between being deep and talking about the nature of society, what it means to be happy, corporate greed and what success means and what it does to a person along with a club where people just fight to feel alive.

Sometimes (especially in the extended version I just watched) the movie fails and it goes too deep and just gets dull but more often it succeeds and there are plenty of amazing scenes and great performances. Hela Bonam Carter is also excellent and even Meat Loaf puts in a good, smaller role.

Its a movie that makes you laugh at the ridiculousness of life and ultimately makes you wonder what it means to be truly alive and happy.

Final Thoughts:

Please don't let your kids watch this. Due to plenty of violence, sex, blood and coarse language I would say ages 17+. If you can find the regular version I'd recommended that over the extended. Still I give it a solid 8 out of 10 and would recommend it. A classic film that I always wished had a sequel but it's way too late, maybe someday I'll read the comics.