Fight Club - Number Four of the Ten Movies you never should have missed
June 20, 2012 @ 00:00 am
If you are one of those movie buffs who immediately thought of Suniel Shetty and Zayed Khan, we request you to continue reading, for your benefit.
We are of the opinion that if an individual, over the age of eighteen, hasn’t witnessed the phenomenon that is Fight Club, they must be socially shunned. Fight Club isn’t just a movie; it is an experience that offers life lessons that can, otherwise, only be learned through years of physical conditioning in bar brawls and back alleys.
Fight Club is the brainchild of the genius author, Chuck Palahniuk which was then condensed, stylized and adapted for the silver screen. The plot of the film is nothing short of brilliance. Consumerism, addiction, disassociated personality disorders and pure unadulterated violence are interwoven into an impeccable storyline. The characters in Fight Club are deeply flawed and so disturbing; they make you question the point or sanity of your being. Existentialism portrayed in the film made us debate living versus living lives that were store bought. Fight Club establishes the ‘click to purchase’ nature of our consumerism driven lives; we are so mind numbing accustomed to our lack of significant contribution that we must have an alter ego that is “Jack’s complete lack of surprise”.
The reason Fight Club commands a cult status in cinema is, essentially, because it is everyman’s story. The protagonist in the film is taught to do everything that would make him fit in but nothing that he really wants to do. There comes a time in everyone’s life, when they are Jack, when they are so out of possibilities, out of hope, confused and enraged that they create a Tyler Durden for themselves. There also comes a time in every man’s life when he finds a Marla Singer who is equally, if not more, self destructive as he is.
Fight Club isn’t a violent film. No, it is a film about utopia. Each character in the film is like a Lego piece; distorted in their singularity but together they make something bigger, something epic – A cinematic masterpiece, a force to be reckoned with. The physical violence in the film is merely a resistance to the emasculation forced upon the characters, by the society. The brilliance of the film is the fact that it doesn’t lead to anything conclusive, it isn’t a rebellion against social norm, it is just an attempt to experience a feeling, any feeling, which we, as numb beings, must feel.
If you have read this article, you must have noticed that we haven’t revealed anything about the plot of the movie. This isn’t an oversight. This is a ploy. This is a ploy to make you sit up and watch the film, you never should’ve missed.