Guest post written by my friend Andy Anders
There are times in one’s life when we have all questioned the mundane reality that we exist in. The day in and day out repertoire that becomes the norm to life, but usually we do something to change or accept our existence for what it is and then move on less morose. The narrator of our movie is played by Edward Norton and Fight Club is the story of the moment that he realizes that life is not everything that it was promised to be. As our narrator moves through his tale we meet Tyler Durdan (Brad Pitt) and Marla Singer (Helena Bonham Carter) two very dysfunctional people in a very strange and dysfunctional world. The narrators relationships with both of these characters is what finally pushes him to face what his life has become, who he really is, and what he really wants. On the journey to our narrators final acceptance of his life we get to know Tyler and Marla and appreciate that sometimes the best advice and the wisest observations come from the strangest places.
I remember after I saw Fight Club for the first time I went home with the message spinning through my brain like a whirl wind. Sometimes you have to lose everything before you find out who you are. As I stayed up the other night watching it again on satellite tv I could not help but remember how I felt after the first time I saw it. Some movies have a story and an idea that can transcend time and leave the same feeling with the viewers every time it is watched. Fight Club is one of those movies, it never grows stale, because even though the message is delivered in the extreme it is true. Top that off with wonderfully acted parts, interesting characters, and enough twists to leave you feeling like you need a seat belt and you get one incredible movie. I remember exactly where I was, who I was with, and what I was doing when I saw Fight Club for the first time. I suppose that is a testament to a truly great movie, it is something that you can mark the passing of your life by.