Ah. Fight Club.
Loved this movie.
It initially felt like a masculine blood rush, similar to watching a Rocky film but then turned into something far cleverer.
The book is a slightly different kettle of fish.
Chuck Palahniuk writes a story of mental illness manifesting is an individual bringing down society.
The film replicates much of this, indeed matching a lot of the narration (which makes more sense in the book) of the film and expanding on it.
The main character, whose name you never know, starts of by taking us through the drudgery of his life, the rut of existence he has fallen into and how depressing it all is.
You will likely see a lot of parallels in this character to your own life and this may well have you take a second look at what you deem important from now on.
Struggling with insomnia, the main character ‘Cornelius’ ( a name badge the main character wears at a support group in the movie) meets a male, Tyler Durden, who shows him a different life. A life free of all things he finds of value at this time. Tyler shows Cornelius a new life that makes him better, stronger, freer and one where he knows himself.
Things spiral out of control fairly quickly and the introduction of Marla Fisher, another support group follower, makes things tougher.
Tyler has Cornelius involved is many subversive actions staged to fight back against all that is wrong in the world and, at first, Cornelius is a willing participant being show a world away from his dull life. But soon, Cornelius finds Tyler taking over his life and when he realises the scale to which this has taken place, it is almost too late.
Trying to wrestle back control whilst trying to avert disaster elsewhere, the story sets up a grandstand finish.
This ending is told slightly differently in the movie to the book but, ultimately, brings up the same points.
I would say i preferred the movie to the book. Not that the book is poor, far from it, but the movie, the visual spectacle of everything taking place, is just better.
This may having something to do with the actors in the film giving a great show but, reading the book afterwards, i put the same actor in the same role and it just doesn’t play out as well for me.
A good story, a great film.