Aneesh Chaganty

Movie #285 Fight Club

In Uncategorized on August 23, 2011 at 2:56 AM

Movie #285 Fight Club

(1999, US, d. David Fincher)

There is irony. There is soulless but intelligent narration. There is piercing dialogue. There is insightful action. There is also a whole lot of mind-fucking and body-fucking along the way. Fight Club is a film against the norm. It follows new rules, which it creates for itself. This can be a good thing or a bad thing. It can be good because it challenges viewers to watch film in new ways and not take media or society at face value anymore. It challenges us to take a stand and actively change the way things are moving – a slow crawl to an execution camp, as it were. It is also good because it is the first Hollywood output since Stanley Kubrick’s A Clockwork Orange that has been so big-budgeted and meditated on violence. It is a film that some can call terrible and others can call great. Some can say it supports the idea of nihilism or puts forth childish summarizations of deep and intellectual philosophies that have spanned generations. But others can call it great. Others can put forth the idea that perhaps it is not a film that advocates what it promotes. Perhaps it is a condemnation of modern society. Perhaps, beyond the layers of testosterone and macho-filled violence porn, there is something of value. Something only that porn could point to. Fight Club is the rare Hollywood film that can’t be summarized in a few sentences. Sure it’s about a guy who meets another guy who decides to start a club where they beat the living shit out of eachother, but there’s more to that. Beyond the layers of anarchy, and Nietzche, and nihilism, there is love. And that is the marker to an incredible film.

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  1. i hate clockwork orange.. sure kubrick is a genius and all but that film is just sick.

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