Fight Club


Saying that David Fincher’s “Fight Club,” which premiered at the 56th Venice international film festival, was met with mixed reviews is an understatement. Equipped with the star power of Edward Norton and Brad Pitt, this film could not be ignored and became the talk of the town when released. Adapted from Chuck Palachniuk’s novel of the same name, Fincher’s film was truly buzz worthy amongst critics. If someone were to ask, “what the movie is about?” even Fincher himself cannot begin to explain. Peeling away the layers of sex and violence that run rampant through the film, the psychological roller coaster takes off into a dark tunnel of philosophical quandaries and sheer madness.
Before watching Fight Club, you must understand that it is rated R for a reason. Best put by Bob Graham of the San Francisco Chronicle, “Look. The name of the movie is “Fight Club.” It’s got bareknuckle fights in it. They’re violent. They’re bloody. Please don’t come out of “Fight Club” whining about how violent and bloody it is. Got it?.” It seems as Graham understands that there is more to this movie once you’ve wiped the blood away.
Janet Maslin of the New York Times writes, “the sardonic, testosterone-fueled science fiction of ”Fight Club” touches a raw nerve” and “it builds a huge, phantasmagorical structure around the search for lost masculine authority, and attempts to psychoanalyze an entire society in the process.” Maslin review mostly compliments the shooting and editing of the film, applauding Fincher’s directional skills. She even compares Fight Club’s climatic twist to the one in “The Sixth Sense.” Maslin writes that we need to pay close attention and perhaps watch it again and again.
Robert Ebert from the Chicago-Sun Times writes that “the movie is visceral, and hard edged, with levels of irony and commentary above and below the action.” But also, “it is a thrill ride masquerading as philosophy- the kind of ride where some people puke and others can’t wait to get on.” Ebert seems to be caught in the middle of all that is going on within the film. It seems as if he enjoys the layers of psychological and philosophical themes that the film presents, but has a hard time digesting the violence and chaos that run amuck throughout the film.

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2 Responses to “Fight Club”

  1. chris88wong Says:

    Sorry, I’m a technological infant. Kept freezing when trying to load picture. And hyperlinks not showing…

  2. Kevin L. Ferguson Says:

    I think you mentioned this when we spoke, but yes you should write more. I think the first ¶ you have starts to answer the question of “how was the movie received at the time,” but you might be able to expand more in talking about the “buzz” it generated and why it’s important that even the director can’t explain what the movie “is about” (unless he was just saying that to get more buzz?).

    Then, you might reorganize the next three paragraphs. Instead of discussing the three individually, you might organize your paragraphs around the major themes you noticed reappearing, for instance: the violence and the shooting/editing?

    Let me know if you need help getting the hyperlinks to work. At the bottom, you should write out an entry (perhaps MLA style?) for the three reviews, and use the “chain” link icon to add the URLs to each entry.

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