Running time: 139 minutes
Screenplay: Jim Uhls
Director: David Fincher
Starring: Brad Pitt, Edward Norton, Helena Bohnam Carter, Meat Loaf
|Coming to terms with the idea that just maybe there is |
more to life than stuff.
Durden is an incredible creation, who while onscreen demands your attention as he is preaching to Norton about why his life is pathetic and why he doesn't need any of his home comforts, spouting lines such as "The things you own end up owning you" and imagining a future where "You are stalking elk through the damp canyon forests around the ruins of Rockefeller Centre." Much of what he says sounds rather sensible and you find yourself, like Norton, coming around to his way of thinking. Until he goes mental and starts 'Project Mayhem'. If, like me, you found yourself understanding a little of the anti-materialistic place Durden is coming from, what must be acknowledged is that something like 'Project Mayhem' is almost certainly the kind of thing that would result from a large group of people following Durden's 'teaching'. The plot development feels entirely organic, and is a little sobering for those nodding along at Durden's logic in the early scenes. An effective example of the 'wisdom' of Tyler Durden is the scene where he and Norton take a sales assistant to a parking lot and threaten to kill him. At the end of the ordeal, the poor soul is given a choice; start working towards realising his life's dream or be murdered. Though the method is strong, the shop assistant is no longer wasting his life, dreaming about what might have been. Talk about extreme therapy.
Then there is the moment. Oh, the moment. I'll never forget the first time I saw it unfold in front of my eyes. I won't tell you what I'm talking about, this blog's spoiler warning notwithstanding, because knowing it beforehand can genuinely ruin the film for you and rob you of an unforgettable realisation. When you see it you'll know, and then you'll understand.
Truly one of the greatest modern contributions to cinema, this still stands as Fincher's high water mark. Plus, the choice of Pixies' Where is My Mind? over the end credits is inspired.
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