Monday, October 19, 2009
The first rule of fight club is you dont talk about fight club
Hello I am the movie encyclopedia and if no one else will see it, I will.
This should be a fun review. My number three favorite of all time. But Im guessing you are wondering why. Well this film mixes comedy, drama, a little wackiness, a whole lotta nihilism, brad pitt and edward norton and schitzofrenia. To some this movie is a self indulgent, preachy piece of crap, but to alotta people it is a masterpiece of film by a master of his craft.
David Fincher is no stranger to my top 5 list with Se7en and fight club filling out number 3 and 5. He is artistic without being all Stanley Kubrick-y or Terry Gilliam-y. He focuses on light, colors and film grain to show his art. Light plays a major part in all of his movies and is pretty evident in this film. Usually at night all hell breaks loose during this movie while daytime is a little more subdued. There are bright flashes (including a few subliminal messages featuring Pitt) and plenty of low lights and natural lighting for the fighting scenes. His camera in this movie is very low budgety and grainy and it feels like watching youtube bum fights. But you are too busy listening to Norton to care about any of this behind the scenes stuff.
This is the film that made me love Edward Norton. He is a simple, uncomplicated man in this movie while at the same time being completly F'd up in the head. He is two people in one. He brings a sarcastic wit and delivers his dialogue in a style and passion that other actors seem to have trouble with. He has a true passion for delivery and you see it from the first line.
On the other end you got Brad Pitt. A pretty boy at the time who could act pretty well but was mostly there for looks. Thats not to say he doesnt show anything for the ladies in this movie but this film also establishes (in my opinion) Brad Pitt as a serious force to be reckoned with in the film buisness. He is fast, he is strong, he is good looking, funny, smart and above all just a devil-may-care badass in this movie.
Everyone in this movie whether in it for the whole thing or 4 minutes has a distinct personality and care for the character. Its like there were no small, indistinguishable parts, just small people.
If you like Near Perfect writing, a great unique art style, cinematography and direction, are a fan or Ed Norton, Brad Pitt, fighting movies or just like good movies with a really deep moral dillema with a mind freak twist, then this is the movie for you. I love this film and there will not go a day where I dont somehow end up thinking about this movie whether it be its style or its writing. Long live Fight Club
MY VERDICT: TOP 20