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Fight Club Critique

By | November 2012
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In the film “Fight Club” the use of cinematic elements are used to express a confusion between fiction and reality especially with the references to film projectors. From the first scene until the very end of the film the viewer is left with the uncertainty of reality. Due to the narrators lack of sleep, the director David Fincher makes it seem that Tyler Durden has been used in place of the narrator’s dream world, which is why the narrator needs him to escape reality. In a period of twenty-four hours we live two lives, one is mental state when we sleep, and the other is physical when we are awake. Maintaining these to lives separately can be what keeps us sane, and Fincher has done an excellent job of blurring reality as well as our perception of what is real.

In the first scene when the narrator is talking about his insomnia there is a single frame of Tyler Durden on the screen simulating the beginning of the protagonist’s decent into what will soon be a full blown confusion between the narrators perception of reality and an alter ego that he creates. Most of the viewers may not catch this the first time, as if it was subliminal messaging. It is as if the director is giving the viewer a taste of the distortion of reality that will only intensify as the film progresses.

David Fincher portrays the protagonist as the narrator, yet leaves him without a true identity, a “single serving friend” so to speak. The narrator takes on several alter egos and identities while attending a variety of help groups for the dying. The director is showing that the protagonist is looking for any escape for he own pain, and the reality he is part of, hence of the creation of Tyler Durden.

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