• Shea Robinson

Book to Movie: Fight Club Review

The first rule of Fight Club is that you don’t talk about the Fight Club book.

The second rule of Fight Club is that you don’t talk about the Fight Club movie.

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Nahhhh, even Tyler Durden couldn’t pull that one over on you!

Fight Club is WORTH THE READ. Fight Club is worth the watch. Why?

It’s nothing like you’ve read before. Okay, maybe it’s a little A Clockwork Orange but it’s BETTER because under every anarchist line is that simmer of truth that makes your heart flip flop because you know it’s what you’ve always believed. The book points all ten fingers at the truth like jazz hands and just when you start to smile the hands curl into fists and deliver several misplaced jabs but a nasty hook before they open again to grab your sides and tackle you to the ground. Hard. Little tweety birds fly around your head but you’re laughing because you’re alive and it’s the closest you’ve ever come to the black hole disappearing for a while. You believe in Tyler Durden; you want to be everything he is because it’s what you’re not. And so you follow him hook, line, and sinker until the last page is turned.

It’s like nothing you’ve seen before. Because the movie follows the book to a "T." You hear that Hollywood? It is possible to consider the book complete and create art that exists within the parameters of the script. Instead of "taking creative license" and pissing all over the story. Edward Norton gives an amazing deadpan delivery of the insomniac narrator, literally lifting lines straight from the book. He’s joined by Brad Pitt and Helena Bonham Carter who don’t just play the characters, they ARE Tyler and Marla in all their crazy and incredible. You really feel the chemistry on set as if Norton, Pitt, and Carter are all just 3 parts of the same whole. They are the fun house of mirrors reflecting back at you.

DO YOURSELF A FAVOR and watch A-Town Review this movie on Friday. Spend Saturday afternoon reading this book and then grab a cold one with the boys and watch this movie.

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