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Fight Club Review

The movie that is being reviewed and analyzed is Fight Club, which stars Brad Pitt and Edward Norton. Fight Club is in a genre on its own, but falls into the categories of action and mystery. We will be looking at the subdivisions of plot, character, setting, and focus. By analyzing these points of the movie we can see why Fight Club belongs to the certain genre it is placed in.

The movie starts off where one the characters is held at gun point. Of course we all wonder how he got there, so the narrator takes us back to where it all starts. We meet an unnamed character who has insomnia. We learn about his life and that he lives a pretty decent life. Of course, we would not have a movie if our main character was content with his life. There needs to be more conflict. Due to his insomnia, he takes up going to support groups that help people in need (i.e. men with testicular cancer, alcoholics, and dying people). He soon notices a lady named Marla Singer who is showing up at the same support groups he goes to even the one for testicular cancer. He catches onto her game simply because she shows up there. Later on he is on a business flight and meets another character named Tyler Durden who is very interesting. Our noname character gets home to find that someone has blown-up his condo, so he decides to call his “single serving friend” from the plane ride.

The two live together and form a quick bond. They start a “fight club” where men can escape the real world. It is a very secretive club “The first rule of fight club is we do not talk about fight club”. As the movie goes on, the club becomes more of a cult and the tasks that they have to complete become more difficult and more dangerous. Soon we learn that our noname character has an alter-ego and it is…Tyler Durden. Tyler Durden is everything he wants to be. Because he lives a so called respectable life he lets himself go through his alter-ego. All the mayhem that happens is all really because of him. Our “average Joe” is the cause of all the “fight clubs” across the nation.

In the movie, the characters are planned out very well. The characters all fit together like pieces of a puzzle. The characters all go together because they all need each other in some way. Our “no name” character relates to us in some way, either because we are overworked or because there is a side of us that we are dying to release. We can relate to the feelings that he has and the stress that he undergoes. Marla Singer relates to many women in a strange way as well, she is the “damsel in distress”. She rebels because she wants to be loved. Marla lashes out in extreme ways to get attention from her “prince charming” which is Tyler Durden. These two are put together in the movie so that there is a love story as well. As for Tyler Durden’s alter-ego he is everyone we would like to be. He is the person we would be if we could. Tyler has the attitude that he does not care about anything or anybody else. If we all were like Tyler we would all probably be happier as individuals, but as a society it would be complete chaos. Tyler is the free spirit of the group while our no name character is the uptight one and mixed in with Marla the drama queen you have a blockbuster hit!

The setting of the movie takes place in a busy city, where the typical action/thriller takes place. Most of the scenes take place in dark buildings and such to emphasize the darkness of fighting. Also the house that they live in is a dirty place. Most of the buildings were old ones or ones that were not being used at the time. It is all about the symbolism and looking at why the director chose the places

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