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The most underrated film of the last year,
This review is from: Fight Club (Two-Disc Collector's Edition) (DVD)
When I'm looking at the Top Ten list's of America's critics and the nominations of the DGA,WGA and all the other guilds and press associations, I terribly miss David Fincher's outstanding film "Fight Club", which is possibly the best film of 1999.
Not only is the film visualy stunning, it is also very thought-provoking, wickedly funny and, above all, extremely entertaining. Only few films managed to be so many things at once. David Fincher, in my opinion one of the most exciting directors of the decade, fills his movie with so many ideas that it would be sufficient for three more movies, and they are not just gimmicks for their own sake, they all mean something. Edward Norton and Brad Pitt are brilliant in the leads and the soundtrack by the Dust Brothers fits perfectly to the images.
Many reviewers thought the film was fascist. I think you can only call this ridiculous, since that assumes Fincher sympathizes with Tyler Durden's project mayhem. In fact, he invites us to form our own opinion, like Stanley Kubrick did in "A Clockwork Orange". "Fight Club" hands over the resposibility to the viewer. This may be uncomfortable to some, others (like myself) will embrace this.
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Initial post: Nov 11, 2009 11:00:57 AM PST
Very good take on the reaction to Fight Club. There are not that many movies that I can still go back to and watch like this one. It was a drama, social commentary with some really pretty funny parts in there. The movie going public gets lazy and can't handle "cross-genre" movies. Add to that, Fight Club wants the viewer to, dare we say it, think. Cinema suicide these days. Thank goodness for the home market which encourages the movie companies to sometimes look past the box-office potential and sees a profit in dvd sales. Shouldn't be that way, but as long as the films are made.
In reply to an earlier post on Apr 20, 2012 8:14:46 PM PDT
James Ayrer says:
I agree with you about it being open to viewer response, but what is "fascist" about Project Mayhem? I would think it's more about anarchy than anything.
In reply to an earlier post on Dec 13, 2012 1:39:56 PM PST
I agree. It's so hard to find good movies these days. The American public must be brain dead.
Posted on May 1, 2013 9:24:42 AM PDT
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John Nava says:
I don't know, man. I just saw it for the very first time last night, 35mm film in an almost full auditorium, scratches and all. If you read some of the book reviews, this is no morality play. I'm not sure what EXACTLY Mr. Fincher is trying to say--especially when you look at his films as a whole: SEVEN, ZODIAC, DRAGON TATTOO . . . (the vigilante scene in Tattoo borders on the fascistic). That said, I disagree that it is totally a celebration of nihilism. I would say the 2010 Mexican film EL INFIERNO (aka EL NARCO) qualifies more as nihilistic . . certainly QUADROPHENIA does.
Posted on Sep 20, 2013 11:37:28 AM PDT
B. Weber says:
Stanley Kubrick never got legal permission nor paid for the use of "A Clockwork Orange" from Anthony Burgess which is why the movie follow the US pressing of the book missing the last chapter and the whole point. And thus it is only "Clockwork Orange" not "A Clockwork Orange". And he did that exact same thing in at least 9 other movies he did, inlcuding "Dr. Strangelove" and others. Check out Burgess, especially "The Wanting Seed", his best novel of all time and SHOULD be made into a movie right now (it's more signigicant and important now than what it was wriiten).
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