Feb. 10, 2000, 2:09 p.m. CST
by GY Johnny
Er...haven't you missed the point? It's a COMEDY!! OK, a pretty dark comedy, but comedy none the less. Irony, anyone?
March 4, 2000, 7:39 a.m. CST
As you can see, I am not a man by my user Id. Fight club speaks to women as well. Well, this woman anyway. The theme of people working in a boring cubical has been mirrored in Office Space, The Matrix and several other films. The question. Isn't there more to life than work, eat, sleap and doing the right things by societies standards all the time. We all feel this pressure and wish at times we could be more like Tyler Derdon! Free. We are angry we haven't achieved our goals because of society ei. not enough money to finish college, not enough drive to make things happen. Shouldn't we all be stars, arn't we angry to not have what the stars do when we know we could if we only had the opportunity!!! OPPORTUNITY!!!!!!!! Don't we wish we could strip "a big dick" into a major film production! cool! The split personallity of Tyler and the unnamed is a reflection of us all--Totally related--excellent!
May 22, 2000, 10:20 p.m. CST
by Jake Drida
I FUCKING HATE THIS FILM!! There is nothing more irritating to witness than preening Hollywood model-hacks like Pitt preaching about the shallowness of our little lives from the safety of their fucking mansions. This film encapsulates the direct marketing and hollow glamourisation of intellectualism which has been gathering pace for the last few years, and which reduces intellect and wisdom to the level of posing in a 3 grand leather jacket and spouting off on how much 'above' consumer culture you are in a pair of fucking Gucci loafers. Fuck you Fincher, Fuck you Pitt, tedious style over substances merchants like yourself are part of the problem, not the solution! As for the inevitable response that the whole film is 'just, like, ironic, maaan' - What?!?!? Let me get this straight - Fincher gets to appeal to gore-hounds with the violence, the woman haters with the blatant misogyny, and the faux-intellectual posers with the meaningless sloganism, and then escape all responsibility for the film's gaping flaws with the old 'irony' escape clause?!?! What planet are you people living on? Let me spell it out for you.... this film isn't offensive because of the violence, it isn't even particularly shocking...what it is is a way too traditional action film ( witness Brad's car park Kung Fu posturing or the so cliched it hurts ending shot ), for people who consider themselves somehow 'outside' of mainstream culture and too good for action movies, delivered by Brad-Fucking-Pitt in retro shades. FUCK YOU FUCK YOU FUCK YOU FUCK YOU! This is the worst movie in history! Two points in its defence; 1) It did make me feel violent ( very very violent indeed ) 2) Ed Norton is great in it - just a pity he's squandering his vast talent on a piece of shit like this after the might 'American History X'.
May 29, 2000, 5:01 a.m. CST
I KNOW what many of you are thinking-how the fuck can a Brad Pitt movie be a sleeper? Because it was ignored by audiences and panned by many critics.Which is so fucking typical-many great films get sideswiped by a lot of glossy crap that I won't even bother mentioning.Give FIGHT CLUB a chance if you haven't already done so!!!!!!
June 13, 2000, 8:34 a.m. CST
I was wondering, if it was your obvious hatred of Brad Pitt that brought you to hate the movie, or is it the hatred of his character? One would seem like Integrity the other would be jealousy. Just a question.
June 15, 2000, 10:42 p.m. CST
Y'know, after hearing so much about this film, I was very surprised to see that it didn't live up to all of the hype that my movie viewing friends spit up. I mean, I gave it a six cause Ed was fantasitic, and Brad was not so bad. He was "cool" even....my problem is that when film makers make you spend two hours watching a film, and then use the old, "it was him all along", that is pure bullshit. I mean, Tyler *69's because he never answers the phone. Tyler has this cool job where he splices porn in Disney classics....he pisses in food..., he goes and steals human fat from thrown away liposuction patients...then, whammo!- he doesn't exist. There is no Tyler...wow, brain twister man, fuckin mind fuck...yeah right, that is such bullshit. Watching this for the second time, it is clear that Fincher does not allow the viewer any chance of becoming Tyler and feeling what our "Narrator" really thinks...we must chase Tyler down only to find out that this was a mystery that was impossible to figure out. A riddle with no answer. Anyway, there are some great scenes, and some very funny moments....the acting and camera work was well done, it is just that the story line wasn't very well done (IMHO). I am interested in seeing the DVD with the added footage...maybe something got cut out that may have made things a bit more clear.
June 16, 2000, 10:14 p.m. CST
by Jake Drida
I wish it were as simple as a case of mere jealousy regarding Mr Pitt. Let me clarify exactly why it is that he annoys me so much..... I'm pissed off by what I view as Pitt's attempt to 're-brand' himself' as stylish, subversive, and ( to some extent intellectual ). In Fight Club his attempt at counter-cultural posturing is both laughable and offensive, but more importantly it runs the risk of denigrating genuine attempts at subversion to the level of a fashion shoot. How can Pitt be taken seriously as Tyler Durden when it is his lifestyle which seems to epitomise all against which the character 'rages'? How can Pitt effectively observe the shallowness of the media and popular culture whilst simultaneously epitomising it? Of course, maybe that's the point ( I'm sure that Fincher would use this in his own defence ); that Fight Club is an ironic demonstration of how even counter-culture can now be bought shrinkwrapped with a no-brain Hollywood star plastered all over it. In this case I must ask....what's the point? Isn't this just assisting in the very process it seeks to satirise? Thanks for allowing me to clear this up MMartin, but before I go I'd like to lodge my own complaint against your question. Why must it be assumed that if a man is handsome ( which, for my money Pitt is not - and remember you're only guessing that I'm male based on the gender I've ascribed to my ID ) then any criticism of him or his work can be attributed merely to jealousy? And wouldn't it be silly of me to launch into a rant on Pitt's championing of style over substance if I myself was jealous of his body or lifestyle? Can't we talk about something other than style, or is this, as I suspect, the only field in which the 'Brad' phenomena ( not to mention Fight Club ) actually makes any sense or has any merit. Just a thought....
June 21, 2000, 3:18 a.m. CST
I haven't seen this mentioned, so I'll add this for those of you inclined to see FC again. In the beginning of the film, as the doctor tells him to go see the men's cancer support group, if you pause the film, Tyler is standing behind the doctor, to the right. At the men's support group, as the group leader thanks Tom for sharing, once again, pause and you'll see Tyler behind him, to the left. And, of course, at the end of the film, after the buildings blow up, as he is talking to Helena Bonham-Carter, pause again and you will see the "famous" erect penis shot they spoke about earlier in the film. Great job by David Fincher. I thought the movie was great, and the blips made it even better.
July 24, 2000, 1:56 a.m. CST
this movie certainly was different...although unlike so many other people i didnt come outta the theatres wanting to hit somthing...people who did missed the message. but its not my job to tell people how to react--i just wanna say that this is a movie that has to be seen twice. I didnt like fight club too much the first time around, there were things that really bothered me--Helena Bonem Carter's character was way underdeveloped, there were holes and inconsistensies, and the script felt weak. but for some reason, the second time around i loved it! this is a really cool, original movie and i say its worth seeing! that is if ur the type that can suspend their disbelief at some of the aspects of the film...plus Brad Pitt was good, and as usual, Norton (the best actor out there) was fantastic. Great sound track and some really cool lines that u'll wanna remember! (by the way, was i like the only one in the world that didnt find the film THAT violent?!)
Nov. 2, 2000, 3:13 p.m. CST
PROBABLY ONE OF MY FAVORITE REVIEWS THAT I'VE READ HERe.not to mention the best DVD I have. compelling,profound,funny,and awe inspiring. thank u to all involved
It is now 2004, and I say this is the 2ND best film of all time. This is just me talking though, so don't worry about what I think.
March 2, 2004, 5:24 a.m. CST
Nov. 8, 2005, 1:03 a.m. CST
Now its 2005. Its funny to look back at this review and the talkbacks. Some of these people that dogged the movie back then probably own the special edition DVD now.
March 17, 2010, 9:18 a.m. CST