Fight Club ★★★★

Fight Club shouldn't really work and I'm not surprised to hear about its divisive reception upon its original release. There are so many outrageous elements in the sensory-magnifying mix that the whole thing could come crashing down at any moment. Somehow, it doesn't.

David Fincher's meticulous direction crafts a potent tonal balance fantastically infused with tension from beginning to end. Great production design and a grungy colour palette operate effectively in enhancing the seedy setting and narrative, explored with aplomb by a director using an array of fantastic techniques and artistry that benefit the third act's twist. Perhaps it takes it too far in the push for a conclusion, unnecessarily senseless at times, but it sure does hit you like a tonne of bricks.

Bolstered by fantastic performances - Brad Pitt, Edward Norton and Helena Bonham Carter all shine - and Jim Uhls' brilliantly satirical screenplay, Fight Club is a tightly executed and brilliantly placed film in one of the greatest living director's repertoire.

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