A corporate drone goes mad and spirals into psychopathy, violently lashing out at society.
An absolutely mandatory film. As heavy-handed as its anti-corporatism is, it has fantastic subtleties requiring multiple viewings. There are very few movies which can achieve this level of watchability. This is absolutely an A-class dudebro movie.
Based on Fight Club (novel) (1996)
Like They Live - (1988 movie), this film examines control.
The things you own, end up owning you.
Corporate slavery, possessions, masculinity, insanity and all manner of difficulties are at the core of this movie. The lead character is particularly endearing, but so is the creation of the group.
One of the problems with today's world is that it's not okay to be male. The things that make men men as opposed to being mere not-female are shat upon. The spine, balls and seething violence bubbling behind the eyes of every male is something that we all fight against. Clutching the monster in our fist, restraining it with our clenched-jaw contempt is what makes us men.
Violence really is something key to being male. Not violence so directly, but being sincere, direct and physical. Being a part of something. Becoming will made manifest. Having purpose and doing what's right.
Being male makes every boy a superhero and the added testosterone makes every man a hero.
The lead character is entirely disturbed and his outlet is abhorrent, but the alienation he feels and other internal struggles are there to some small degree in many if not most people. Fight Club exaggerates things to an extreme, which is what makes it so entertaining. Like a magnifying glass, it blows things up for easier viewing.
I cannot stress how powerful this movie is. Edward Norton and particularly Brad Pitt are fucking spectacular. It has a dirty and authentic-in-its-unique-universe feel. It is a world all its own with parallels that a sane viewer can take a step back from and see in our own.
When using a computer DVD player, you can click next past the warnings to get to Tyler's warning:
Losing all hope was freedom.
20:25 / 121:43 --
On a long enough timeline, the survival rate for everyone drops to zero.
How much can you know about yourself if you've never been in a fight?
We're a generation of men raised by women. I'm wondering if another woman is really the answer we need.
You had to give it to him. He had a plan, and it started to make sense in a Yyler sort of way. No fear. No distractions. The ability to let that which does not matter, truly slide.
Listen up maggots. You are not special. You are not a beautiful or unique snowflake. You are the same decaying organic matter as everything else.
Stay with the pain, don't shut this out.
Don't deal with it the way those dead people do.
First, you have to give up. First you have to know, not fear, know that someday you're gonna die.
It's only after we've lost everything that we're free to do anything.
The book says the one support group woman looks like Joni Mitchell, the movie says Merill Streep.
The second commentary doesn't have everyone in the same room. Helena Bonham Carter is recorded separately.
It could be me, but the audio on the second commentary breaks up a lot.
Reader's Digest did have a series of diary entries from Jack's bodyparts.
- 1:15 or so -- The fight scene with the guy with the hose, there was a take down where they guy retorts with "hey, that's the bible!"
- 1:15 or so -- The music was re-recorded because the estate owners couldn't be found.
1:41 -- Tyler pulls Edward Norton's character from the driver's side.
One of the guys:
- Marla beat up his brother at school.
- Tyler is based on an old Disney film "Tyler goes to the circus".
"Durdin was someone who I worked with who led the company under a really dark cloud of sexual harassment."
DVD Easter Eggs ∞
- When using a computer DVD player, you can click next past the warnings to get to Tyler's warning.
From the main screen, cursor to "special" and press up.
- You can click the arrows to go between the first and second pages. The second page has a special thanks to "Rock Paper Scissors".
- The janitor's office:
The second commentary mentions an interesting frame in the section at the very beginning where the camera is moving through the foundation. Just before looking at the van with the explosives.
- Special edition, Disc 2 (untested):
From the main menu go to the 'Advertising' section. If you press the 'Down' arrow key on your remote control three times, another green Smiley face will appear right underneath the 'Promotional Gallery' entry. Now, press 'Enter' and you will be taken to a section where you can scroll through a catalog of Fight Club merchandising. All the items have amusing text accompanying them.
The subliminal Brads ∞
- 4:00 - while photocopying.
- 6:17 - while talking to the doctor.
- 7:32 - in the support group, while the lead is asking everyone to pair up to talk.
- 12:34 - while outside the support group, looking down the alley after Marla.
20:17 - in the hotel welcome video, on the right.
The penguins ∞
- 12:00 ~~ The ice cave -- his power animal.