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Fight Club (DVD)
Member Name: Sparky101
Fight Club (DVD)
Date: 13/11/00, updated on 13/11/00 (47 review reads)
Advantages: Amazing film, great direction
Disadvantages: The fairly graphic violence might put some off
OK, first things first. I cannot write a full opinion about this film without revealing most of the plot. So if you've not seen the film and are planning to (which I highly recommend) don't read past the spoiler alert.
I've just last night watched Fight Club for the second time and now I think I can actually write an opinion on it. After watching it the first time I didn't really know what had hit me. I had preconceptions about the film, thinking it was just about some guy who gets bored with life and starts going to some sort of underground fight club to try and discover himself. How wrong I was! By the end of watching the film the first time I wasn't really sure what had happened.
Before I get to the spoiler alert I just want to say a bit about the DVD. Fox have really outdone themselves on this one. The film is presented in anamorphic 1:2.40 widescreen with Dolby Digital 5.1 surround sound. There's also a commentary with the film with the director, David Fincher, Brad Pitt, Edward Norton and Helena Bonham Carter. Then there's a second disc with Behind The Scenes Vignettes, Music Video, Outtakes, Deleted/Alternate Scenes, Storyboards, Publicity Gallery and Concept Art. I've not watched any of the extras yet but I'm sure they'll provide a very interesting insight into the movie. The packaging is also very different but very good looking.
Right, don't read on if you don't want to find out what the film is all about.
Like I said before I thought Fight Club was all about a fight club. However, it's really got very little to do with the fight club. The film is very similar to The Sixth Sense in that you really need to see it twice to fully understand it. Jack (Ed Norton) basically creates this other character, Tyler Durden (Brad Pitt) who we the audience think all the way through the film is real. Not even Jack himself knows who Ty
ler is until he starts to piece things together at the end of the film.
Watching for the second time you notice things which first time round didn't make much sense but you just ignored. For example, Tyler told Jack not to talk to Martha about him. First time round you wouldn't think much of this comment but second time round you realise why. Very clever stuff.
Overall I think this is a brilliant film. In a similar way to The Sixth Sense it needs to be made for 2 different audiences, the first time viewers and people who have already seen it and know the twist. This I'm sure cannot be easy but David Fincher has made a masterpiece in Fight Club.