Fight Club

Genre: Thriller/Drama
Director: David Fincher
Cast: Edward Norton, Brad Pitt, Meat Loaf, Marla Singer, Jared Leto
Release Date: November 11th, 1999
Duration: 2h 19m
Plot: An insomniac office worker who is trapped in the world of capitalism breaks free of its chains after being sucked into the “no strings attached” life style of soap salesman Tyler Durden.

Inspired by the book which bears the same name, Fight Club is an unorthodox masterpiece of first-person narration. Throughout the story, the main character’s name is never revealed and is just referred to as the narrator even in the movie’s credits. The movie begins as the narrator recalls how he got in to the mess he is in, as he is held at gunpoint by the infamous Tyler Durden; making the entire movie a gigantic flashback in his mind. (Major spoiler ahead) The crux of the movie is the point where the narrator, and the viewers realize that the narrator himself suffers from Disassociative Personality Disorder, and that “Tyler Durden” was merely the other him that worked while the insomniac narrator “slept”. This, in my opinion, is the defining twist of this movie that sets it apart from its peers — a cinematic journey that gets better with every single re-watch.

Things to notice and learn: 

  • The art of narrating in casual first-person without boring the viewers/readers. 
  • How the author/director manages to make the most mundane situations interesting to watch/read. 

Reviewed by : Diyon Nevinka, St.Josephs’s College, Colombo 

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