Fight Club (1999)

Fight Club (1999)
Fight Club (1999) DVD/Blu-Ray

By: Katherine Balestrini (Three Beers) –
How many beers do you recommend for this movie?
1 Beer! A Toast! Great Movie!2 Beers! Good Movie!3 Beers! Okay Movie!4 Beers! Mediocre Movie!5 Beers! Awful Movie!6-Pack! Bad movie! Do not be Sober!

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A film loved by a generation, nay, started an obsession. I like Fight Club  in parts, but in other parts it’s a WTF moment. It’s about a guy, who is fed up with his life, then starts a fight club. There are rules to fight club, mainly there are no rules.

Its about chaos and listenting to your inner voice. To stick it to ‘the man’. To embrace your inner demons and learn to live with and love them. About starting a club, not like a fishing club, or a drinking club, but a club where you get beat the shit out of, just for the pure sake of it.

That’s all well and good, until things take a turn for the worse. The Narrator starts losing the plot and developing something far beyond the realms of Fight Club. Me, personally I blame the penguin!!

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Another iconic moment from the 1990s. This one I understood….just!

A Toast

A well loved, iconic film. It made movie makers realise that Brad Pitt is more than a pretty face and that Edward Norton could sell ice to penguins. The acting is faultless and so is the directing. However, this film ‘grips my shit’. There is something about The Narrator moaning about his life. Sucking the life out of things around him, it makes me just want to slap him and cook the f**king penguin.

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Another man and his penguin!!! The world is going to hell!!

Beer Two

To the twist in the film, which they explain in such detail that it makes you weep for the person who didn’t get it. It’s worse than the kid who saw dead people. Sure, there’s a moment when you sit there and think; how did I not see that? But not enough to flash back so much. It’s like watching the film all over again, only this time no naked Brad!

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Sexy and scary are NOT the same thing!!

Beer Three

Helena Bohnam Carter is one of Britain’s finest actresses. Well, she should be, but she is always cast as the same batshit crazed freak in EVERY film she is in. It would be nice to see her in a film where she is not insane. If I could predict the future I would cast her as Grimlkin in the Seventh Son sequels, if they are made.

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I’m not mad darling, just waiting for the right part.

Verdict

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The film stays with you for years after and you do feel yourself quoting the lines of this film. So, yes I appreciate its effect on people and its generation. But for me, no thanks. I will stick with my Edward Norton in American History X, as far as Brad Pitt, keep him.

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NEVER, EVER buy handmade soap. No matter how pretty it looks or how nice it smells!

Some memorable quotes…if you can’t be arsed to read them, ask anyone who was born in the 1980s, they love this movie!!

“Bob, had bitch tits”

Now, a question of etiquette – as I pass, do I give you the ass or the crotch?

My God. I haven’t been fucked like that since grade school. (My favourite line)

Sticking feathers up your butt does not make you a chicken.

If I had a tumor, I’d name it Marla.

I’m gonna go inside, and I’m gonna get a shovel.

I am sure I have left a few off; it is quite a quotetastic film. Doesn’t make it great though, just makes it ok.

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Just some art and crafts by a fan of Fight Club. Probably someone’s granny!!

Drinking Game

Take a Drink: every time you see Meatloaf (the man, not the food!)

Take a Drink: every time you see the penguin.

Do a Shot: when you see Brad Pitt topless.  It’s very intimidating.

Do a Shot: if you think your life is like The Narrator’s.

Take a Drink: if you hate this review and LOVE this film!! Thought so!

Do a Shot: if you EVER thought it would be ‘cool’ to start a fight club!

About Katherine Balestrini

4 comments

  1. Can’t say I agree, but you’re certainly not the only person that I know that think this one’s a touch overrated. Also, a-men on Helena B-C.

  2. Like this reviewer’s other works I’ve read, I’m not entirely certain where she’s coming from on this. Half of the review is just really lame jokes about penguins and Fight Club fans being old, and the only substantive parts where she talks about the film consist of tiny two/three-sentence paragraphs. In these, she a) makes a crack about ‘something about the Narrator moaning about his life’, though she doesn’t bother going into what that is or why she’s bothered; b) a crack about how the twist (that she doesn’t bother actually mentioning) hits you over the head, I guess, and c) a crack about Helena Bonham Carter taking a lot of crazy-girl roles (without the context of this being one of her first ‘crazy-girl’ roles, and it’s actually quite different from the Burton-crazy everyone associates with her).

    If I hadn’t seen this film before, I wouldn’t actually learn anything about the film based on this review; I can’t glean more than the most basic, unexplained gut feeling from the reviewer. “Eh, I just didn’t like it. What about it didn’t I like? You figure it out, I’m just the reviewer!”

    The spelling/grammar is also fairly lackluster; I’m not sure if these reviews go through an editing process, but they should. The most baffling part is that the final sentence of the review is cut off; all I see is, “I am sure I have left a few off; it is quite a quotetastic film. Doesn’t make it great though, just makes”. I’m not sure how this sentence (or the review) is supposed to end.

    I tried to make my comments as constructive as possible; I just lament the quality of this review. I’d even be fine with a well-constructed, detailed negative review of the film, just as long as effort is put into it.

  3. Thanks for the feedback, and thanks in particular for noticing that last line. All fixed up, and my bad for not giving it a re-read after editing it. I like Katherine’s comedic style, and it does lend itself perhaps a bit too much to quick beats rather than revealing much about the film. It presupposes knowledge of the film, but that’s not always a good assumption to make. Thanks again for pointing this stuff out.

  4. Dont think Clint is coming to my house for dinner 🙁 Will take your comments on Clint, truth be told, I did assume people had seen the movie, wont happen again. As punishment I will re-watch Premonition as punishment 🙁

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