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This Movie doesn't care what you rate it...,
This review is from: Fight Club (Widescreen Edition) (DVD)
It's a number. A star. A rating. Tyler knows that. He doesn't care. He's just pleased to know that in a world where even God doesn't know most people's name, there's another man who knows who Tyler Durden is.
Tyler Durden lets Big Lou punch him repeatedly in the jaw, while laughing maniacally, mocking him and infuriating him. At the end of the scene, Tyler seems to make the point: Real men don't always beat the crap out of other men, Real Men laugh silly at other men who try their best to make them feel pain, but only fail repeatedly. How would you feel if you sucked in all the power you had, landed a blow on a dude, and he laughed in your face as if to say, "That's your best shot?" Not very good, I think.
Tyler Durden [Brad Pitt] is the manifestation of every man's fantasy. Good-looking, brash, arrogant, fights like a tank, takes a beating like a tank, ****s like a machine and doesn't do any REAL work.
The Narrator [Ed Norton] is the manifestation of most modern men's reality. Plain-looking, dead-end job, no stable relationship, a decent collection of lifestyle accessories and sheer boredom.
When the two meet, you might expect the movie takes the usual route where the two men get to learn from each other, and find that each person's life has as many highs as pitfalls, and that your life is what you make of it. Err...no. Tyler is an enigma. A revolutionary of sorts. Hell, he isn't here to "learn" about the Narrator. He's here to "Jack" his life!!! Tyler Durden is a bigger, larger-than-life figure than James Bond, the Terminator or even Neo. He could easily steal any one of Bond's potential bed-mates from right under his nose. He could easily program the Terminator to believe its existence was useless and that it should self-terminate. He might even make Neo give-up and dump the whole "Because I choose to.." talk.
This movie may not "change" your life, but it will affect it. You will develop a liking for red leather. You will start working on a new walk. You will start sizing people up everywhere you go. You will stop caring about the fact that you're a 6-foot 120-lbs weakling with 13" biceps. You will start to think, "I'm sure I could throw ONE good dislocating punch at a 220lbs biker even after I take 4 punches to my face". You will want to be in better shape. You will cringe at the idea of a woman having any kind of control over your life. You will want to learn the art of dead-pan sarcasm that scares your boss out of his/her wits. Watch this movie, and you will wish that someday, people will ask, "Say, Who is (insert your name)?"
One of the better "mainstream" movies to have come out of Hollywood in recent years. Unless you exclusively like movies with a "Made for Oscars" plot [Disabled dude learns to appreciate life, WWII/Vietnam Veteran learn the value of human life,Gay Dude stands up against the system, etc.], you will have a hard time wondering why this movie didn't win a few dozen awards. In Tyler, You Can Trust.
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Initial post: Oct 29, 2007 11:22:49 AM PDT
This review was very intriguing and thought-provoking. The reviewer was novel in the sense that he presents his review in a new and different way. He/She should look into studying literature and/or film because our society desperately needs minds of this caliber. Thank you for writing!
In reply to an earlier post on Mar 16, 2008 9:59:00 PM PDT
I completely agree. I hope that y.l.b. reads this and continues to review products on Amazon. Have to say that all of his reviews were excellent. Best reviewer that I have found on Amazon. Ever.
In reply to an earlier post on Oct 3, 2008 5:28:11 PM PDT
I couldent agree with you more NewBreed.
Posted on Mar 6, 2009 9:04:44 AM PST
Samantha Shank says:
you... are amazing!
Posted on May 30, 2009 8:49:17 AM PDT
Dach Nednil says:
Stick your one star rating idiot. You are so clever, hows that working out for you?
Posted on Sep 5, 2009 10:13:29 AM PDT
Why one star? A thoughtful review. Seems like you would give the film a 4 or 5. I agree the film doesn't care what anyone rates it.
Posted on Sep 26, 2009 8:48:33 AM PDT
A. Wyatt says:
almost the perfect review. i see you've probably read the book as well...good job capturing its style (though not *quite* there IMO, still a heck of a lot better than i could have done!)
for others: why not give it 4 or 5 stars instead of 1? that's the whole point of the movie and the book...you become strongest at your weakest point
In reply to an earlier post on Nov 4, 2009 11:59:27 PM PST
Bei Man says:
I think it stands out more with a one-star review.
If it was just another five star review worshiping the movie, then you would skip over it.
Not like it affects the average score much...if even at all.
Still it is in spirit with the theme of the film so I agree with the rating. Excellent review.
Posted on Nov 15, 2009 3:40:16 PM PST
Selvakumar Subramanian says:
This is the kind of review and rating Tyler Would have liked .. That's rite . You nailed it .
I live 6000 miles away in india .. but the movie makes all sense to me ..
Posted on Nov 25, 2009 11:02:14 AM PST
In Tyler, I trust.