#TalkNerdyToMeLover’s Aaron Fitzgerald
Have you ever thought to yourself, what kind of dining set defines me as a person? If you saw a coffee table shaped like a yin yang would you have to buy it? Are we nothing more than mindless consumers buying underwear with somebody’s name on it? If you have ever questioned your society or wondered if your identity was not in fact dual, you might enjoy the demented antics of, “Fight Club.”
When I first heard that, “Fight Club”, was coming to theaters I admit I was skeptical. I thought to myself, “How could a movie about guys beating each other up be any good?” So, I refrained from seeing it. But after one viewing I realized the brilliance of this work of storytelling. Edward Norton plays an insomniac who works for a car company in order to determine if car accidents should warrant a recall on the car. His life is a mundane routine where he mindlessly buys products for his nice condominium. In order to cure his insomnia he begins attending support groups for various diseases and addictions. After several visits and crying in the chest of a fat man with bit tits, Edward begins to sleep like a newborn baby.
Who is Tyler Durden? An interesting question. What exactly does Tyler Durden mean to you? Is your sanity so certain that you wouldn’t notice another personality slowly infecting your mind and drawing you even further into the depths of anarchy? Ever sit in a movie theater and wonder to yourself, “Did I just see a penis flash on the screen?” Your children start sobbing and you know it’s not cause the talking cartoon animals on the screen just performed their Oscar worthy lines. That’s right buddy, Tyler Durden has taken over your mind. You are no longer a slave to society’s whims. You aren’t just their waiter, or gas attendant or maid. You are free, my friend. You have been enlightened. And now it’s time to take it all back.
If you think your relationship with your lover is messed up than you haven’t seen Marla and Tyler Durden. “What are you doing in my house?’ “Fuck you!” And she storms out! “Marla, the cut on the roof of your mouth that would only heal if you would stop tonguing it.” Why does she keep coming back to him? Is the sex really that good? Would you stay with a psycho just because the sex was mind blowing? You know something, I think some of you would. And the beauty of the whole thing is that you don’t even know you’re getting some, because it’s your alter ego that you aren’t aware of that’s tapping that bio polar ass. Although, you can’t blame her for telling you to go fuck yourself.
Is this movie just guys beating each other up? Well, yeah, there’s some of that. Until Project Mayhem hits the streets. Then we find out the genius of Tyler Durden and we actually want to see him succeed. Society is a class system and somebody should knock us down a notch or two. What’s that Tyler? Yeah destroy the buildings that hold all the credit card information, we’ll be brought back to zero. Everybody equal. Hey, isn’t that the American dream? Equality? Only a man with a split personality could have the balls to raise an army to knock the system on its ass.
To anyone out there who really thinks they don’t have an ego. I’m sorry, I’m here to tell you that you are completely full of shit. We are human. All of us have egos. Big huge monstrous egos. And when an ego is bruised you search for vengeance. Don’t bs yourselves. That is the road to delusion. Do I have an ego? Well, I’m writing this review and that is a direct result of my ego thinking I can write. Can we kill our ego and evolve further? Well, Edward Norton does, but not before his ego’s plan is fulfilled. Your ego will haunt you until you are six feet under. That’s guaranteed.
Let your life go is like taking your hands off the steering wheel of your car on the highway during a rain storm. You run to the police but even they know of the plot and will try to cut your balls off. Where do you go? Where do you turn? Well, to your alter ego of course and battle it out with him, which indecently, is battling out with yourself. You pathetic idiot. You did it all yourself, well with the help of your imaginary friend, who’s rigged all the credit card buildings with explosives. How will you explain all of this? Oh, well, it doesn’t matter cause Marla has finally forgiven you for being such an asshole. Yeah Tyler won but at least you got the girl.
And the penis flashes across the screen again. You will never be safe.