Hi, how are you I haven’t talked to y’all in so lo—GUYS I WATCHED FIGHT CLUB FOR THE 1ST TIME/ LIKE TWO WEEKS AGO/ THIS IS SOMETHING.
Why I should have already seen Fight Club:
- I am almost not a teenager anymore so why haven’t I seen it already?
- When I say that I haven’t seen Fight Club, a lot of people tell me that they want to watch me watch it so they can see my initial reaction.
- To me Edward Norton = The Illusionist/ the guy who I never saw play the Hulk, and Brad Pitt = a bunch of sort of silly roles / that one lady’s fiancé, and Helena Bonham Carter = mismatched shoes. I know that to everyone else these actors are “badass” or “absurdly talented” or “etc.” and have long felt out of this loop.
- ALL of the references and ALL of the Tumblr posts and ALL of life.
- But actually things that reference Fight Club: WoW, Neopets, things that are neither WoW nor Neopets
- I have no reference point on Chuck Palahniuk at all despite the fact that I know he is important and I know that a movie is not the best way to familiarize yourself with a book-writer but still (but still)
- I like the Pixies
A nameless blue-collar guy discovers a cure for his insomnia through physical violence and starts an underground Fight Club with a stranger. (Hijinx ensue!)
As a whole, I liked the movie. Somewhere in the middle of it, I decided that this must be the edgier Shawshank Redemption* or something. Which is to say I can’t imagine anyone straight-up saying they dislike Fight Club. It seems that everyone I’ve met—everyone who watched it with me, talked to me about it before I watched, or listened to me talk about it after I watched—either likes the movie a whole lot or thinks it’s a pretty okay thing. Which is interesting—I get that it was a controversial movie in 1999 and that there are some messed up situations of kids trying to emulate the movie. Also, it’s about an underground Fight Club.
I think a lot of why people like it has to do with the acting. Brad Pitt was good but I found his outfits distracting, Helena Bonham Carter was obvs intense, and Ed Norton was soo good and I really like Ed Norton now and yeah that’s it.
SPOILERS AHEAD, I guess… as I watched the movie, I came up with my idea of the movie’s “moral”. And then two weeks happened, and I forgot what that moral I came up with was—I think it was something vague, like “Don’t be boring, and let out your anger/ God doesn’t really love you"—I didn’t completely get it at the time. But I mention this because at the point halfway through the movie when I noticed the narrator was just repeating a lot of things that Tyler said and I asked if Tyler was just part of the narrator’s imagination and Beth and Ray just pretended to ignore me even though I was pretty correct, I wondered what becomes of the moral (or "theme" as regular adults probably call it). I think it just stays the same but is just amplified, because it is not the narrator’s acquaintance giving him life lessons but rather it is himself. On a personal level, though, I wasn’t sure that the theme was something I was into (because I want to be a special snowflake, gosh darn it!) and so I kind of molded it like playdoh according to my own needs, made it into a “Express yourself [through violence?]!” lesson, but moreso a “Consume [sometimes violent] pop culture” lesson.
Idk. I’m glad I watched it.
*Now I am imagining that maybe Morgan Freeman is just a figment of Tim Robbins’ imagination and he really escapes from jail all on his own and I don’t remember how that movie ends but do they play the Pixies at the end of it?
As a final note, if nothing else, this.