Published By: Sougata Dutta

The consequences of David Fincher’s 1999 movie Fight Club

The first rule is; you don't talk about fight club

If you ever watched David Fincher’s 1999 movie Fight Club and thought, “We should start a fight club!” then congratulations, you have missed the main points of Fight Club.

The motive Fight Club is so effortless to misunderstand is that Fincher superbly unites the narrator’s depression and Tyler’s appeal. The narrator is a victim of capitalism, unable to forge actual human connections so alternatively he fills his life with stuff.

Then you have Tyler who, at the outset, espouses an appealing philosophy. Tyler represents “freedom” from the present day world. He isn’t structured on anything. He steals the fats he desires for cleaning soap and works abnormal jobs that allow him to pull juvenile pranks on the world. Tyler, portrayed with utmost self belief by Pitt, has the whole thing figured out and speaks to a post-capitalist malaise where men, trapped by crummy jobs and “cheated” out the matters they had been promised, can solely experience alive through beating the crap out of each other in darkened basements.


As most of Fight Club did not show up at all as the Narrator had informed it, the ending turns into even more ambiguous. However, he cannot stop Project Mayhem's plan, and so he honestly watches it unfold. The implications of this are that Project Mayhem's different companies throughout the globe will likely succeed in their mission, too, dealing a serious blow to the consumerist society that Tyler used to be rebelling against.

The ending is convenient to misread, as the whole thing that got here before it is already known as into question. However, the destruction of the constructions that the Narrator watches with Marla seems to actually be unfolding, and Fight Club's protagonist seems to have entirely regained control of himself. This means that Fight Club's ending should be regarded free of the cynical eye that its twist casts over most of the film's events.

The Ultimate Question

 If a group of people constantly misses the point of Fight Club, does that make Fight Club an awful movie? Does it undermine its core theme? The narrator begins the movie no longer searching for violence, but clearly for an emotional outlet and in a darkly comic trend goes to a support group. But what he’s actually searching for is emotional connection, and while a fight club can also provide memorable rules, it provides neither truth nor understanding, only violence.