Brad Pitt, Edward Norton, Helena Bonham Carter
Edward Norton is a common man who works a go nowhere job
and suffers insomnia. To cure his insomnia, he becomes addicted
to help groups (which he should have no part of), where he
can let out his pent-up emotions. On a plane trip, he finds
himself seated next to Brad Pitt, who a soap salesman with
a no-nonsense attitude. After Norton returns home to find
his apartment destroyed, he moves in with Pitt. They pal around
for sometime until one night, the question is raised: "What
do you really know about yourself if you've never been in
a fight?" After which, they duke it out. Slowly but surely,
they begin to fight regularly in the bar parking lot, gathering
more and more people who want to answer the same question.
Thus, Fight Club is born.
Fight Club is a dark comedy in the purest sense of the form.
Building from Norton's dry cynical view of the world around
him, the movie begins to become an uncontrollable beast as
the Fight Club grows into a cult of men who just want to duke
it out to prove something to themselves. Or even worse, when
a smaller clique within the group moves in with Norton and
Pitt to start Project: Mayhem, an even more intense subversive
This movie is intense. From the start, it rolls on, gathering
steam every minute it's rolling. There are no lulls in the
movie. Taking a full-hearted stab at lampooning the idea of
machismo and men's clubs, Fight Club itself should be taken
with the same grain of salt as any good dark comedy. Warning:
Some of the fights are intense and brutal, such that some
people might flinch away. If you have a weak stomach, this
might not be for you.
Brad Pitt is wonderful as the odd Tyler, a man who's out
there, but still manages to make a lot of sense. His character
is similar to the one he played in Twelve Monkeys, but a lot
less rich and a whole lot more focused. Norton is also spectacular
as the dry, cynical insomniac who slowly becomes overwhelmed
by the Fight Club and Pitt's growing penchant for whole sale
Fight Club will make you laugh, but will also leave your
heart pumping and your muscles tight. I think for anyone who
enjoys a good dark comedy, Fight Club is right up your alley.
If dark comedies are lost on you, then you'll not like this
movie in the least.