Fight Club

Fight Club

Fight Club

  • Directed by David Fincher
  • Starring Edward Norton, Brad Pitt, Meat Loaf, Zach Grenier, Helena Bonham Carter
  • USA | 136mins | 1999 | rated (18)

Approx advert and trailer run time: 25 mins

Film run time: 2h 16m

From the mind of David Fincher (See also Mank, at the end of the month) and adapted from Chuck Palahniuk’s novel, Fight Club remains as controversial and provocative today as it was in 1999.
Shocking, stylish and boasting an all-star cast, this is an often frighteningly relevant satire that still packs a punch.

Depressed, sleepless and trapped in a monotonous life, our unnamed narrator (Ed Norton) finds an escape in establishing an underground brawling club after a chance encounter with soap salesman Tyler Durden (Brad Pitt). As the two bond through violence, however, their creation quickly takes on a life of its own. When mutual love interest Marla (Helena Bonham-Carter) pits both men against each other, our protagonist is forced to confront uncomfortable questions – is Tyler all that he appears, and what is his radical vision for the world leading to?

Twenty-one years has not dulled this film’s divisiveness: whilst many see the intended satire of toxic masculinity and consumerism, others take Durden’s manifesto as a call to arms. What is certain, however, is that this remains one of the most influential films of the last 30 years – and one of Fincher’s best.