Many layers of ‘Fight Club’ something to talk about

Pitt, Norton cult movie still resonates 20 years later

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Many layers of ‘Fight Club’ something to talk about

Aubrey Garcia, Reporter

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Have you ever wondered why you liked a movie so much, or why certain characters stood out to you? Because it’s just a good movie right? The plot or storyline catches your interest, you relate to the characters whether it be by how they act or their personalities. Even the moral of the story can really fascinate you. One movie that really baffles a large number of people is “Fight Club”.

This 1999 film that was based off a Chuck Palahniuk novel was directed by David Fincher. Fincher brought this film to life with dramatic scenes and special effects. It was nominated for a 2000 Academy Award. This motion picture starred Brad Pitt (Tyler Durden), Edward Norton (The Narrator), and Helena Broman Carter (Marla Singer).

“Fight Club” starts with a nameless ordinary man who seconds as the narrator, who suffers from intense sleep insomnia and severe depression. He begins thinking about his life and where he is in it all. For no particular reason, he starts crashing support groups. He didn’t realize it but the groups made him feel better, or feel something. Some sort of connection with people who “understood”. He would go to all types of groups that didn’t apply to him. Such as cancer support groups and drug and alcohol addiction groups. This may seem odd to some people or make no sense, but sometimes we as humans need to feel seen or simply understood. That is what he was looking for from the people in these groups.

During his search for understanding and support, a mysterious woman who went by Marla Singer began showing up to every single support group that the narrator attended, and she was always surrounded by a cloud of smoke. She was a bit of a chain smoker with a dark vibe. I think that this is what drew the narrator to her, but not in the way you would think. He very clearly from the beginning despised the smoking woman who started, as he believes, following him from group to group each day. She soon notices him as well and becomes very suspicious of him. They then confront each other considering they both knew so clearly that they didn’t have every problem, causing them to attend every support group. They call each other out and try to come to an agreement on who would take which group, and when. Their goal was to avoid each other.

Time passes and the narrator comes across an eccentric man who sells soap of all things. His philosophy on life attracted the narrator to be the man’s friend. The man later revealed his name to be Tyler Durden. Tyler sees how worn and depressed with life the narrator is so he makes it his secret mission to bring him to life. The narrator comes home to his apartment which is a visual representation of his “perfect, boring” business life, only to find it blown up. Distraught, he then goes to a bar that Tyler happens to be at as well.

They begin to fight in the parking lot for fun, to feel something other than sad, to feel alive. This bonds them and Tyler lets the narrator stay with him in his broken down, abandoned house that he found. The duo liked the fighting so much, that they decided to form a partnership and start an underground fighting club, allowing some ordinary boring men to enter. However, there were many rules they must follow to be in this club one being: “The first rule of fight club, you don’t talk about fight club.” These single males who are exhausted from their simple, average, human lives were willing to follow these rules. They were so bored with the daily routine that it drives them to search for a fantasy or a meaningful cause to enrich their lives.

The more the men attend the club the better they feel in general. The two founders have established the perfect club and perfect partnership. However, Marla and Tyler create a connection and begin a sexual relationship. The tension builds between the three characters, and things escalate. Tyler started to take dominance of the club and is seen as the core leader. He then begins giving secret tasks to the men turning the group into more of a cult. This puts the police on their trial.

The movie comes to an end when the narrator begins to put the pieces together, and the fight club helps with this as they bring him to the realization that HE is Tyler Durden, and HE is and has been their leader the entire time. As for Marla… the narrator admits his love for her, the beautiful figment of his imagination, along with Tyler his alternate persona. He created this persona while he was going in and out of his sleep insomnia. The story depicts Dissociative Identity Disorder, Insomnia, and depression in a creative way.

And to think his spiral to insanity began with his unhappiness with his mundane life that he was routinely living day in and day out. I recommend you do something interesting that makes you happy, or you could definitely insane.

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