The First Rule… and the Second Rule

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I’m sure you’ve all heard the words. What’s the first rule about “Fight Club?” You have to see this film. What’s the second rule of “Fight Club?” You have to see this film. “Fight Club,” first released in 1996 as a novel by Chuck Palahniuk, “Fight Club” was later adapted into a feature film in the year 1999. The two leading roles were filled by Edward Norton (Everyman) and Brad Pitt (Tyler Durden), both fully realizing the potential of the novel’s characters.
The story revolves around an unnamed protagonist, we’ll simply refer to him as Everyman and his plight of life. He is in a constant struggle, unable to grasp what life is and why he has to live it. After his doctor refuses to prescribe him medication for his mental illnesses, he goes to a support group. This proves to be no help for Everyman. Later has to take a flight on a business trip. At this point, we meet Tyler Durden, and at this point, the story truly hits its stride.
Tyler, a soap salesman, meets Everyman at a bar. Outside, the salesman tells Everyman to hit him as hard as he can. Everyman does, and they engage in a fight. This fight becomes a subsequent second fight, and a third, and a fourth. Until, finally, they form the Fight Club.
This film is one to remember. Not only is the direction engaging and enveloping, but the casting is superb. Norton fills his role beautifully, as is expected, but the true shining star of this film is Brad Pitt’s energetic performance as the ever philosophical and manic Tyler Durden. He is seemingly sinister in the way he carries himself, but his philosophy always strikes a cord. His words are never sugarcoated and tell the truth to the viewer, as well as Everyman.
The film’s storyline, as seemingly simple as a fight club may seem to you, is extremely intricate. With clues scattered throughout the film for only the keen eye to catch, they allude to the true nature of the film and its characters, coupled with the stellar fight sequences and an overall atmosphere of energy to die for; “Fight Club” is one of the best films I have seen put to screen. If you are not a movie-viewer, I highly suggest reading the novel. It is highly entertaining, provocative and an overall fun ride to take.

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