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5.0 out of 5 stars This Movie is Why "Professional" Critics Must Go, April 29, 2000
This review is from: Fight Club (Two-Disc Collector's Edition) (DVD)
I didn't see this movie in the theaters because it had gotten very mixed reviews from the so-called professional movie reviewers. But, when it hit the local vidoe store, I thought I would give it a try. WOW, what a kick in the teeth, interesting, and fast moving journey into one man's mind. The path this movie takes is fantastic.
Norton and Pitt are perfectly cast, and supported by a crew of fight club members that make for a well-acted show. Meatloaf, Ed Gil, Jared Leto, et. al. are great in support as the members/followers of the leads. Helena Bonham Carter has the only real female role in this film and is perfectly cast. But as much as the acting, this movie is made by the story. Unconventional, with a great twist at the end, the whole movie kept me on the edge of my seat. As with many great movies, it is hard to classify the genre (action, comedy, drama), as there is a sampling of all in this film. In the end, I would just classify this as a great film.
Much was made of the violence of this movie when it first hit the theaters. Those critics overstated the case. There is blood and violence in the movie, but it is not excessive and it serves the plot well.
If you missed this in the theater, see it now. If you saw it once, see it again. I will.
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Initial post: May 24, 2008 10:51:27 PM PDT
Pandasharks says:
Ironically, the movie preaches that you should take control of your own life and not let people like "critics" help you think. Hopefully, you've started watching movies based on what interested you and not what the mainstream media states.

Posted on Jul 2, 2008 1:17:53 AM PDT
thames says:
Look there are a lot of film critics that are great to read.. Nothing is a substitute for thinking and critics or reviews you disagree with can be very useful and interesting. Anyway, most critics know more about movies than 95% of the public ever will. When you get to know some critics than you have a better idea of where they are coming from and so how much you should take seriously what they have to say about a movie. I think its bullsh-it, the wholesale dismisal of film critics.

Film critics have a better batting average than the general public, that's for damn sure!!!

Anyway, it is true most of 'em missed the boat with this one.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 10, 2009 9:50:29 AM PDT
Totally agree with the original poster. Google Ebert's original review of Fight Club. He completely pans it, because he doesn't *get it*. He thinks it's just a movie about violence and pranksterism, and misses the message completely.

He later endorses Fight Club as a video pic of the week. Whether this is due to him watching it a 2nd time and understanding it more, or caving in to peer pressure, I don't know.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 12, 2009 4:50:34 PM PDT
DryvBy says:
We all know it's because it made him look like a moron. Which Ebert is.

Posted on Nov 17, 2009 6:23:54 PM PST
While I myself remain a little shaky to rely on Ebert to make my movie picks for me, I agree that critics know far more about movies than most of us can boast. Yet this is besides the point, critics see movies as a combination of effects, acting, direction, originality, and on and on; most of us see movies as simply entertainment. Go Fight Club! Wee

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 26, 2009 7:39:51 AM PST
Watcher says:
So all you're saying here is film critics have "Professional OPINIONS"! MEH!

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 22, 2010 5:08:30 AM PST
Calling Ebert a moron is unjustified. Regardless of whether I agree with him, I always come away with a better understanding of the film. Well, /almost/ always. This is one of those rare cases where he quite misses the boat.

Posted on Apr 22, 2010 8:07:53 AM PDT
Ryan Kramer says:

It wasn't panned at all... yeah a few didn't "get it" but more critics got it than any of my friends. ^_^

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 22, 2010 9:08:41 AM PDT
One of the problems with "Fight Club" is that it's actually two stories, and the second one isn't absolutely needed. When it suddenly intrudes about a half-hour before the end of the film, it's easy to become so disoriented that that you forget what the film is actually "about". It's understandable that Ebert and others had problems with it.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 14, 2011 2:44:19 PM PST
mao_soup says:
I think the book handles the "twist" better than the movie. I was annoyed with the twist even though I loved the rest of the movie. ANyhoo...
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