Fight Club (1999)

The first rule of movie reviews… is you don’t give away spoilers.

Now that we got that out of the way let’s talk about Fight Club, one of the 1990’s late great films. If you don’t believe me, just look up the statistics, they won’t lie. Currently, Fight Club is the 11th highest rated movie in IMDb history with an 8.8 score. Critics over at RottenTomatoes gave it an approval rating of 76% while audiences loved it with a 96% rating. 

It is hard to argue with all those people who just fell in love with a shirtless Brad Pitt, who bled his way from one underground match to another. His partner in crime was Edward Norton, who was in the middle of a mid-life crisis. When you throw a love triangle with Marla (Helena Bonham Carter), well, you have a recipe for success and lots and lots of soap. 

If it is your first night in Fight Club, you have to fight. If you are successful after all that, you may be able to join the army of destruction. No one has a real name except chaos. If you blink, you may miss the soldiers played by Meat Loaf and a young Jared Leto. 

It is entertaining to see all the pranks the guys pull off. Whether it slicing porn into children’s cartoons, peeing in the soup at the restaurant, putting liposuction into soap bars, or blowing up buildings, the guys started small and went massive in just a short time. 

Fight Club is definitely a guys movie, although the characters will be loved by the girls. They won’t appreciate all the jokes or references, but Fight Club went on and changed pop culture as we knew it. It showed us that some guys are tough as nails and that anytime someone starts a new club, the lines are usually referenced. 

I’ve enjoyed this film for over 20 years now and don’t watch it enough. I don’t want to ruin the experience. There’s so much to love about this film, which has its unique place in our hearts and minds. 8/10


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