Fight Club. It’s almost worth asking if there’s even a point to my posting a review of the film. If you’re on the internet, it’s just assumed you’ve seen it. But I hadn’t. It’s far from the only “classic” I haven’t seen, and it’s also far from the only film I didn’t watch when it was new, or at peak popularity. There might not be too many other films in that overlap, though.
The film was released in 1999, directed by David Fincher, and is probably the sole reason an entire generation of people on the internet know how to spell the name of author Chuck Palahniuk. It stars Edward Norton as a disaffected 30-something office worker, who, depending on how you look at it, has no name or several names. He gives out different names to the illness support groups he attends — though he has none of the illnesses and is there because the emotional release helps him sleep — but never gives out his own actual name. He is simply credited as the Narrator, and throughout the film we hear his thoughts filling in details of the events. Continue reading