Tuesday, January 19, 2010
Fight Club. A
I think one of the reasons I love 'Fight Club,' and in the same sense the majority of David Fincher's movies, is because he uses excessive violence not gratuitously, but to show how it deconstructs man. Violence ultimately tears society, as well as individuals, apart. It spells ruin, devastation, terror. His films aren't forcibly anti-violence. But they clearly show the negative aspects of its results. 'Fight Club' carries this theme as well as another one: the biting frustration of the average workman's life and how it can drive a person to rebel against society. I'll leave the plot open. I'll just say, for people who haven't seen it, that's it's not just about a fight club. There's a lot more to this movie, which makes the title somewhat deceiving. Still, the title suggest violence and this one, like 'Seven' is pretty bloody. And like 'Seven' it's not for queasy viewers who purposefully watch lousy chick flicks to avoid having nightmares. 'Fight Club' has been compared to Kubrick's 'A Clockwork Orange.' There's a lot of similarities between the two, only I personally liked this one more. But is it David Fincher's best movie? No. That would be 'Zodiac.' But 'Fight Club' is close behind and is already considered one of the more classic and influential movies of our generation.