Sorry Tyler; I’m about to break the first two rules of Fight Club.
David Fincher’s Fight Club opened in cinemas 15 years ago today.
When Fincher’s film adaptation of Chuck Palahniuk’s 1996 novel opened at the US box office 15 years ago, you might be surprised to learn that it flopped. Even with an impressive cast starring Brad Pitt, Edward Norton and Helena Bonham Carter (as well as rockstars Meat Loaf and a young Jared Leto), its anti-social plot was met with uneasiness. Critics were divided. Some launched accusations that Fincher’s portrayal glorified violence and even endorsed nihilism.
Such controversy however only complimented the film’s rebellious nature and fuelled its quick transformation into the cult classic we know it as today. Fight Club remains pertinent as a haunting exploration of the male psyche and a critique of Western consumerism.
Watch the trailer for the film below, which is still seen as one of Fincher’s best pieces.