Fight Club analysis
The film medium has the unique ability to express the entire spectrum of human emotions in the short space of an hour. They can make us weep like we were babies, provoke anger with massive intensity, or render us so utterly devoured that staring into a television screen becomes a life-long obsession. This expression of art is truly powerful, not only in creating emotions in the confinement of one's own mind, but also in the larger, collective mind of a society. Films have the power to put forth ideas that are adopted by the general public and by doing so they can initiate change in the world. Throughout history certain cinematic masterpieces have even been so powerful that they have changed the public's notion of important social issues, or even caused major political change. By changing your opinions, making you question authorities, creating new perspectives and triggering your every emotion, great films can be your biggest source of inspiration. They can give you identity. With films having this immense and important power, the question is inevitably. What makes a film great?
In David Fincher's “Fight Club” we are introduced to the main character, a white-collar office employee (portrayed by Edward Norton) who is just another face in the crowd. He is nobody, and his dull and lifeless days are used on the most meaningless of activities you can imagine. The main character, who is not mentioned by name (for the sake of the essay, let's call him “the narrator”) spends all of his time working in his small, claustrophobic cubicle at the office, or buying the latest in fancy, name-brand furniture to his apartment. He is completely without an identity of his own, and this is beautifully depicted when he is to decorate and furnish his apartment. “The narrator”, unable to buy things that he likes, gets an obsession with recreating the image of the apartment on page 53 of the latest IKEA catalogue. There is no shortage of “Lars coffee tables”, or...
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