Fight Club is a very well thought out movie and is based on a book of the same name by Chuck Palahnuik. I have read the book and seen the movie and I think I can positively say that I enjoyed the movie far better. I have actually heard that the author enjoyed the ending to the movie far more than the ending of his story. I think many viewers who have read the book and seen the movie would say the same thing. (The movie has a [adjective] plot, [adjective] characters, [adjective] setting, [adjective] theme, and [adjctive] style—for your thesis)
The characters are Brad Pitt and Edward Norton Actually they are the actors; they play characters). Edward Norton appears as our narrator. He travels for work all over the country and on one of these trips he meets Pitt’s character Tyler Durden. The difference between these two characters is very drastic. Norton’s character is very materialistic and very careful in everything he does. Going through the motions and not really connecting with anyone or anything. He suffers from insomnia and he can’t get sleeping pills from his doctor. He starts visiting support groups for people with different terminal illnesses and support groups for people surviving things like cancer. For some time it seems that the emotional release that he achieves at these meetings where he pretends to be a different person at each one is helping, but then he meets Marla Singer. Marla goes to all of the meetings as well and he realizes he can’t sleep because he can’t (no contractions) cry because there is another faker. Needs a because statement—how does your description of character make this a good movie for the audience?)
Norton’s character continues on business trips and one night when he comes back from one of these trips he finds that his apartment was destroyed in an explosion. This event leads to our Narrator calling up Tyler Durden. He meets up with Durden at a bar and he asks Tyler if he can stay with him. Tyler agrees on one condition. He asks the Narrator to hit him as hard as he can. The two get into a fight outside the bar and that is where the first inklings of the fight club are born. The Narrator moves into Durden’s house which is a dilapidated house in an old business district. (is this plot?)
Setting, adjacent to the place over the weeks the two engage in more fights outside the bar. Their many fights draw a crowd and this is how the underground fight clubs are started. The men come there to fight and the Narrator no longer feels the need to go to his support groups. Marla happens to call the Narrator one night for help, but instead gets Tyler. Tyler saves Marla from an overdose, and the two begin a sexual relationship. Tyler warns the Narrator to not talk to Marla about him at any time. This seems like an odd request but as the film continues we learn why. All across the country more fight clubs begin popping up all started by Tyler. The Narrator can’t figure out when Tyler has time to start all of these clubs, but he doesn’t put a lot of thought into it until later in the film. The two start Project Mayhem as an extension of the fight clubs. The Narrator seems to be less involved in this project than Tyler does, and when he questions Tyler’s motives Tyler disappears. The Narrator goes to find Tyler and finds that he must travel from city to city to find him. ( this starts as setting but becomes too much plot)
This is where the movie takes an interesting turn. The Narrator is unable to find out much information from the places he visits because of course the first rule of Project Mayhem is you do not talk about Project Mayhem. In one of the locations he does finally get an answer from someone involved, but it isn’t the answer he is looking for. The man he meets calls him Mr. Durden. That is when he begins to question everything. He calls Marla and breaks the one rule Tyler gave him and asks Marla about who Tyler is. Marla of course thinks he is crazy and tells him that he is Tyler. (more plot?)
This is where it all falls into place, and our Narrator is now beginning to realize that during the times he has believed he was asleep, he is in fact out acting as Tyler. The events of the movie are played back in the head of the Narrator and he sees himself in all of the roles that we had been shown as being Tyler. He doesn’t remember everything that has happened during his time as Tyler, but he knows that there are a lot of plans that are rolling to destroy a number of buildings. The Narrator attempts to stop these events but he is starting to see just how many people Tyler has gotten involved. As Tyler he gave orders to stop anyone who would stop the movement including himself. It seems as if he knew the Narrator would figure out his two personalities. (here is where I am going to stop, see below)
As a plot, at one point in the end of the movie Tyler is holding our Narrator at gunpoint because he is still projecting Tyler into the world. He isn’t able to control the projected visions of Tyler until he realizes that Tyler can’t control him, and Tyler can’t hurt him. He believes Tyler to be another person, but when he focuses and realizes that Tyler is in fact himself he realizes that he is holding the gun because Tyler doesn’t exist. The Narrator realizes that he can get rid of Tyler and shoots himself through the cheek. The shot ends up reflecting in the projected image of Tyler and it shows him with a gunshot wound through the head. The movie ends with Marla and our Narrator watching as all of these buildings are destroyed.
The twists in this movie are all very confusing until it is all discovered in the end. The movie keeps the viewers guessing till the very end. This is a movie that you (no “you” when “viewers” will suffice)can miss quite a lot the first time it is viewed. It is interesting how much the viewer can learn from a second viewing of the movie once you know the truth. There are so many things that allude to the fact that the Narrator and Tyler are the same person starting even with their first meeting. The little things through the film that aren’t really noticeable the first time are actually very subtle, but upon a second viewing the viewer can pick on them quite quickly.
The one I like the best is the interaction between the Narrator, Tyler, and Marla. The three of them are never in the room at the same time. If Marla and the Narrator are together Tyler isn’t, the minute Marla leaves the room Tyler shows up. It is really an interesting dance that is subtle the first time, but quite noticeable the second viewing. It is interesting to see all of the things that Durden is able to achieve while our Narrator is supposed to be sleeping. The split personality disorder that our Narrator suffers from is interesting and it is really hidden well in the movie. I read the book well before I ever saw the movie, and while I knew the twist of the story I was still very happy with how the movie portrayed the two characters. It was something that I was skeptical in seeing after reading the book because I thought that it would be very difficult to establish the two characters separately. The movie was excellent at making sure the twist ending was hidden from viewers until the very end.
One of the best things in the movie is while the Narrator and Durden are the same person they seem to be glaringly different people. Our Narrator is materialistic; he sees his life in Ikea catalogs a spends his time perfecting his living space right down to the yin yang coffee table that goes sailing out his living room window in the explosion. Tyler on the other hand is against the drive for material things in this world. He goes against the status quo. He lives in a rundown house that he is squatting in. He works multiple menial jobs and at every one he seems to find ways to rebel. It makes sense that Tyler is so different because the personality has split into the two extremes of himself.
This movie is a good film, but it wasn’t really accepted as the classic it was when it first came out. I
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