Fight Club is a theatrical nightmare of a normal everyman who seems to implode. It is a great philosophical riddle detailing what could happen if stress overwhelms an individual and leads him to madness. It is a Jekyll and Hyde type of film that can relate to the average person. The meaning of this film would be to show the puzzle of an alter ego that can form inside someone if he can not contain it properly.
This film shows how far some people will go to be what they think they really want to be, even if it comes to some harsh circumstances. It has action packed sequences displaying how a man breaks out of his mundane life to find a new, more exciting, life. The acting portrayed by Edward Norton, as the everyman, was dynamic in this film. He captures the true innocence and also the dangerous downfalls of men in our society.
Filmed in 1999, Fight Club is a mixture of action and drama film narrated by a regular everyman. It was brilliantly directed by David Fincher. Popular amongst teenagers and young adults, it shows the extremes this man goes to to make his life better. The narrator meets a guy, Tyler, who represents who he wishes to be. This Tyler is just an alter ego of the narrator, but through the eyes of the narrator, it looks to be a totally different person. In order to be more like Tyler, he burns down his house which forces himself to reshape who he thought he was. Together they form a minor club, one that gathers together to relieve stress by staging free for all fights between members. As the film progresses, they begin to form a terrorist group that looks to show the political powers that be that the white collar community controls everyday life in the city.
The acting is this movie is amazing. Brad Pitt stars as the insane alter ego while Edward Norton plays the everyman. Edward Norton is widely known as one of the most versatile and intelligent actors or his generation. He is able to flow into any part given to him with what seems to be simplicity. Norton shows the helplessness that some white collared workers feel when they consider themselves trapped in an everyday, boring, routine. Brad Pitt captures the inner strength of these people as well. He portrays a serious but insane man who seems to want to destroy everything the narrator built in his life.
The theme of this film is one that can be taken to heart. Even though this film seems to have many themes, I believe one stands above all the others. Everyone has a second, more violent and destructive, side to them that can escape under the pressure of stress if you don’t know how to contain it. The monster in the narrators head was Tyler. He found his way out through the stress forced on the narrator through his job and lifestyle. He is then set on a destructive path that leads to a breaking down of his entire life.
Fight Club is a puzzle of the madness in everyone. The action packed scenes and the plot twists show how brutal and confusing life can be when you release this inner demon. Overall, I would say this film shows how a white collared person in our society can feel when the pressure of stress starts to weigh down on them too heavy.