Tuesday, June 28, 2011
Fight Club Revisted
Last night must have been the nth time I was watching Fight Club and it is probably not the last time either. There is something about the movie, the characters, the plot and underneath all of it the desperation of Edward Norton.
The movie is immensely likable though it flies in the face of conventional wisdom; it preaches chaos and the less trodden path. There might be something wrong about me but when in the last scene Edward Norton tells Marla Singer (Helene)” You met me in a very strange time of my life” with buildings collapsing all around and the music in the background, it was way more romantic than it seems.
Not to mention the one liners that the movie has and the alternate philosophy that it propagates, pure work of awesomeness.
Just to make it clear, the following lines by Tyler Durden (Brad Pitt)
“Man, I see in fight club the strongest and smartest men who've ever lived. I see all this potential, and I see squandering. God damn it, an entire generation pumping gas, waiting tables; slaves with white collars. Advertising has us chasing cars and clothes, working jobs we hate so we can buy shit we don't need. We're the middle children of history, man. No purpose or place. We have no Great War. No Great Depression. Our Great War's a spiritual war... our Great Depression is our lives. We've all been raised on television to believe that one day we'd all be millionaires, and movie gods, and rock stars. But we won't. And we're slowly learning that fact. And we're very, very pissed off”
Some more that really makes sense
“You're not your job. You're not how much money you have in the bank. You're not the car you drive. You're not the contents of your wallet. You're not your fucking khakis. You're the all-singing, all-dancing crap of the world.”
If people really adopt this line of thinking it would be a marketing manager/brand manager’s worst nightmare come true.
And the way the narrator keeps personifying himself as individual part of Jack’s life:
“I am Jack's inflamed sense of rejection”
“I am Jack's wasted life”.
The tone that the movie takes against consumerism and getting knee deep in dark territory as against movies that shoots in breathtaking locales and keep serving the old wine in new bottle is both refreshing and entertaining.
So if you have seen the movie, you can see it once again and if you have not what are you waiting for? This should be the next thing you do today.