It’s been a little while since I watched any of my 100 Movies Bucket List films; if I’m honest I think I’ve fallen out of love with films a bit since the cinemas are a no go area. But the other night my boyfriend persuaded me we should take a break from Designated Survivor; which I love by the way, and watch one of the films off my list. He picked Fight Club.
Fight Club was directed by David Fincher and released in 1999. It tells the story of an unnamed office worker (Ed Norton) who is bored of his life and suffers with insomnia. He attends support groups for multiple different illnesses in order to allow himself to feel; despite not suffering with any of the illnesses. When he’s there he meets Bob (Meatloaf) and Marla (Helena Bonham Carter) who he blames for his life spiralling out of control.
The reality is that his life spirals when he meets Tyler Durden (Brad Pitt). Norton’s character’s apartment has an explosion and realising he has no friends and family to turn to, he calls Tyler Durden who he only met on a flight a few hours earlier. The pair go to a bar, and after get into a fight that they discover is almost therapeutic as it helps them to ‘feel’.
Their fights start to gather a crowd and others want to join in. Therefore, the pair start ‘Fight Club.’ Here comes the famous line I never understood before watching this movie ‘The first rule of Fight Club is that you don’t talk about Fight Club. The second rule of Fight Club, is that you don’t talk about fight club.’ Of course, Fight Club spirals into more of an underground terrorism group with Dryden preaching his opinions all around the city and then the country.
I’ve got to say. This was definitely a slow starter and I was sort of like ‘yeh great they’ve started a club and they’re all fighting…’ but once you click on to what’s actually going on it’s so interesting! I can’t even give a comparison without giving away what the twist is for those who haven’t seen it. I clicked on quite early on to what was going on BUT I wasn’t expecting it in this film if that makes sense?
Anyway, it’s currently on Amazon Prime so if you haven’t seen it it is definitely worth a watch.