Look, I went all predictable. But why lie when I genuinely believe Fight Club is a little piece of heaven (a twisted one at that). Here are some of the reasons to prove you’re an idiot if you try to argue with the immense awesomness of the film :
1. Chuck Palahniuk
Even though he’s admitted himself that the film is better than the book, there’s only one mind some of these great lines could’ve come out of.
I am Jack’s raging bile duct.
Man, I see in fight club the strongest and smartest men who’ve ever lived. I see all this potential, and I see squandering. God damn it, an entire generation pumping gas, waiting tables; slaves with white collars. Advertising has us chasing cars and clothes, working jobs we hate so we can buy shit we don’t need. We’re the middle children of history, man. No purpose or place. We have no Great War. No Great Depression. Our Great War’s a spiritual war… our Great Depression is our lives. We’ve all been raised on television to believe that one day we’d all be millionaires, and movie gods, and rock stars. But we won’t. And we’re slowly learning that fact. And we’re very, very pissed off.
It’s only after we’ve lost everything that we’re free to do anything.
You’re not your job. You’re not how much money you have in the bank. You’re not the car you drive. You’re not the contents of your wallet. You’re not your fucking khakis. You’re the all-singing, all-dancing crap of the world.
Palahniuk’s is considered quite an eccentric (as many great minds are) and a loner (as many great writers are) who’s dedicated his career to breaking through norms of acceptability, boredom and ‘fighting the machine’, often portraying the endless struggle of meaninglesness earning himself the label of a nihilist (BHA!). I love that he’s come back with saying that he’s a romantic, dwelling in his own ideology and values.
2. Ed Norton
Even though it’s clear that he’s lost some of his shine since the turn of the new millenium (let’s face it, he did his best work in the 90’s as a young thang) I still proclaim him as my favourite actor (as you can see here). Even though his latest films haven’t really been hits, he works with passion and does great things with his characters (Stone and Leaves of Grass are great examples of this).
3. Brad Pitt
Am I the only one who constantly underrates and gets surprised by Pitt? He’s created this image of moviestardom but actually underneath it all he truly is an actor, and quite a versatile one at that (I mean Se7en vs. Burn After Reading ?). I guess it’s the face that tricks you int believing he’s all looks, no substance. He doesn’t produce such a steady stream of remarkable characters as let’s say DiCaprio, but a Tyler Durden he’s the embodiment of that character all the way down to a t. He’s coming up with some very interesting stuff in upcoming months/years with World War Z, Moneyball and Cogan’s Trade, getting closer and closer to that inevitable Oscar.
4. The Narrator / Tyler Durden dynamic
What a great couple these two make; two sides of the same coin. As they explore the underground spirituality that their little circle of friends lives on, breathes on, they work as a unisent entity, loving every second of their previously empty lives, that now has become meaningful through acts of violence, anarchy and disobedience. Rarely have I seen two such different characters fit so well together on screen, every action complementing eachother’s. The white-collar, materialistic, empty insomniac and the outrageous, cocky “organic” soap-manufacturer