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on February 15, 2002
There might be no rational way to describe this movie, nor the style, nor the story, nor the characters. It is, in fact, by far one of the most unique and eccentric films that I have ever had the pleasure to witness. And a true pleasure it undoubtedly was. In fact, I wish that I could make this a well-rounded review with adequate portions of praises and criticisms, but it is just too well-done, too visually appealing, too imaginative of a film to be attributed with any minute, negative traits. This is a film that sets about redefining the style of filmmaking; the fact that it succeeds establishes this film as one of the all-time greatest. Every moment, visual, line, and character is a forward leap in filmmaking that never fails to inspire and impress.
First of all, before you ever realize how psychologically deep it is, you'll find it hilarious. With great attention to the idiosyncratic clash between "civilized" culture and the counterculture that opposes it, Fight Club satirizes every institution to great depth. Nothing is sacred; nothing is revered. Moreover, visual effects are utilized to a new end, not simply as a device to convey plot, but also to expand the mood, the momentum, and the character psychology. But as the film continues, as the characters grow and the situation becomes increasingly dire, one can't help but be pulled into this neurotic visualization of criminal life. It is a story and a set of characters that pulls you into a new world and makes you seriously question the one that you have lived in for all of your life.
And all of this couldn't have happened without truly magnificent performances. Edward Norton is always great, but offers a multi-faceted performance that rivals his more appreciated works. Brad Pitt is perfect for the role; no one else could have played it as effectively. And then there is Helena Bonham Carter who is...Weird--and that's what makes her great. The direction is ambitious and enthusiastic, both heavily to the film's credit. By being so eccentric, the direction obviously sets and then expands upon the mood from the opening credits to the very last shot--arguably one of the greatest concluding shots in film history. But none of this would have had any great impact without the clever and meticulous script that always offers a surprise and maintains the momentum during every scene.
And so all of this culminates into what has now become one of my all-time favorite films. There are just so many great ideas offered, so many interesting characters and perversely fascinating images, and moreover such a psychologically profound story that one cannot help but become enthralled with this masterwork of new age filmmaking. But beyond that, it sets a style that people will be mimicking for some time, but with lesser success. Fight Club stands as one of the most unique and inspiring films of the 90's. It certainly deserves your attention and respect.
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