For me, this was one of those films that I never quite got around to seeing. This was inspite of several of my film-literate friends saying things like “You haven’t seen Fight Club?!” every now and again.
When the early concept for The Queensberry Rule was being developed, my co-author Steve McAlpine kept saying “You know, like in Fight Club.” I got the gist of the idea, but it was some time before I was browsing around in a store and bought the blu-ray in a “2 for $20″ special. And some little time longer until I found a some time alone at home to watch it.
This dark comedy (is it a comedy? I guess so) scared me from the start. The train wreck of the lives of the Narrator (Edward Norton) and Tyler Durden (Brad Pitt) seems inevitable and excruciating – but addictively compelling at the same time.
Fight Club has rules:
1st RULE: You do not talk about FIGHT CLUB.
2nd RULE: You DO NOT talk about FIGHT CLUB.
3rd RULE: If someone says “stop” or goes limp, taps out the fight is over.
4th RULE: Only two guys to a fight.
5th RULE: One fight at a time.
6th RULE: No shirts, no shoes.
7th RULE: Fights will go on as long as they have to.
8th RULE: If this is your first night at FIGHT CLUB, you HAVE to fight
and Fight Club ends up with national reach, chaotic consequences, and the charms of Marla Singer (Helena Bonham Carter.) And Meatloaf. Go figure.
As for the ending – well surprize endings are OK sometimes, but while I don’t want to give it all away for those who haven’t seen it – it’s doesn’t really lead the viewer anywhere. The opposite, in fact. Discuss.
Fight Club is brutal and violent, dangerous and intense. Pitt is phenominal, as is Bonham Carter. I’m not sure about Norton, probably because I’m not sure about the film itself.
Can’t quite put my finger on it. That might just be a good thing.