Taking the "Choose life," anti-consumerism rant at the beginning of "Trainspotting," and carrying it to its logical -- albeit extreme -- conclusion this is a big budget, mainstream film that takes a lot of risks by biting the hand that feeds it. It provides him with an escape from his sleepless nights. That is, until Marla Singer Helena Bonham Cartera trashy chain-smoking poser, enters his life and upsets his routine. The narrator also meets Tyler Durden Brad Pitta charismatic soap salesman whose straightforward honesty, candor and sleazy lounge-lizard outfits are a breath of fresh air.
Men are the providers, and women are the receivers but fight club represents these differently. In a consumer-driven society, everyone becomes a receiver, and by association, men assume some aspects of femininity.
David Fincher has directed some of the most influential thrillers in American film history. In the movie Tyler Durden talks about the modern world, "We are products of a lifestyle obsession.
Murder, crime, poverty do not concern me. What concerns me is celebrity magazines, television with five hundred cannels and a designer name on my underwear.
The film gives quite a few examples of this; the main character of the film asks himself while looking through an IKEA catalog, "What kind of plates define me as a person.
The film shows the extensive influence the consumer- culture of the 20th century has on individualism and values associated with being a man.
Corporations have replaced personal qualities with corporate logos. The modern male cannot be anything unless he has certain products. No longer does he own things, his things own him.
The contemporary male is a slave of the IKEA catalogue. The buying of furniture from IKEA gives the main character Ed Norton his identity, without being a consumer the main character would remain undefined and anonymous. In the movie, the two main characters, and Tyler Durden are staring at a Calvin Klein ad and ask each other is this what a man is supposed to look like.
Fight Club shows how consumerism is controlling life. The consumer culture even defines how the modern male should look and how he should wish to look. The typical corporate male dictates to how much his life is worth.
Brad Pitt makes a statement that illustrates the society the modern male is forced to live in, "We are a society of men raised by women.
The best example would be the support meetings Ed Norton visits.
In these meetings, men are told to gather power, strength and courage from each other, not from themselves. At the end of the sessions men are told to hold each other and cry, things that are very non- stereotypical of men.
The 20th century society does not want men to function independently and be able to be emotionally strong on their own, it does not want men to be men. Society wants to take the very ideals of being a man, independence, strength and courage and only allow for men to experience them at certain times.
The castration and feminization of the male character is shown through the testicular cancer support group. The men in this group have lost the very essence of their manhood, their testicles.
They are a representation of the 20th century males,At the end of the day, Fight Club is a brilliant amalgam of all the things Fincher needs to make a near perfect film: A great script (in this case something he hasn’t yet had, a great novel) a flawless cast, a creative premise he secretly believes in that he can hide behind the adman aesthetic, and cash.
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"Fight Club" is a $50+ million studio film that remains true to its anti-consumer, anti-society, anti-everything message -- right up to the last, sneaky subliminal frame/10(M). Fincher said that Fight Club is a coming of age film, like the film The Graduate but for people in their 30s.
Fincher described the Narrator as an "everyman"; the character is identified in the script as "Jack", but left unnamed in the film.
From "Alien 3" to "Gone Girl," the films of David Fincher insist that it’s better to fight for the ugly truth than surrender to a nice lie. In honor of the upcoming Gone Girl, I’m reviewing each film in David Fincher’s staggering career. No other film is like David Fincher’s revolutionary, mad, incendiary Fight Club. It was a tectonic shift in film aesthetics and moral value, a The Graduate for the millennials, constantly attacking the status quo. Oct 15, · "Fight Club" is the most frankly and cheerfully fascist big-star movie since "Death Wish," a celebration of violence in which the heroes write themselves a license to 2/5.
Oct 15, · "Fight Club" is the most frankly and cheerfully fascist big-star movie since "Death Wish," a celebration of violence in which the heroes write themselves a license to 2/5.