Through Mary, Comforter of the Afflicted,
Because I think it definitely is one of my most favorite movies ever. I honestly feel that it is a very, very good movie, with alot of deep stuff which a) is actually moral and makes sense and b) isn't in the least against Catholic teaching. I'm not going to talk about the plot of the film very much nor give a summary as I don't want to spoil it for people.
Now, Í just saw this film recently, like month or 2 ago and I'm not one who is very impressionable on a film even when it is really good. Just today, i saw the Nightmare before Christmas and even though it is good, very bad and far from horrible, its not that great of a movie and I noticed alot of flaws in it.
Now back to Fight Club. I'll be the first to admit that Fight Club is a very violent film and is very suggestive, with some nudity scattered throughout yet thats the point. Without the violence, Fight Club would be pointless. Do you imagine writing an article about sex trafficking without mentioning the rapes and murders of that bastard industry? Can you speak about the Catholic Church without mentioning the Blessed Virgin Mary and the Pope, both things which non-catholics pretend to hate? Also, I feel that the nudity in it, while immodest, wasn't exactly pornographic as it was done for the art. Even the bits where the unnamed protagonist (lets call him Jack) recounts how Tyler would slip things in the restaurant food and the tapes in the film theater were necessary for me as they showed just how insane and depraved both of them were (although there is a still shot of an erect penis which lasts for half a second to wards the very, very end of the film which to me was totally unnecessary and gratuitous).
Now about the philosophy of the film... there is no philosophy. In fact, the word 'Philosophy' should be replaced with 'themes' here as this is what this film has. Its not telling us which religion we should have and its not telling us how we should look at the spiritual like the Matrix films (which I haven't seen for years and years and which I found to be boring and tedious while also heretical). Rather, its 'telling' us how we should be more active, that there is more to life than work, bed and materialism while also delving deep into psychology. And no, if you think that this film is going to be one boring ramble about psychological issues then you're completely wrong. Instead of having a character learning about this hard stuff and achieving freedom through learning about it, we have this character who is becoming insane slowly and surely and who is unsure of his life but we never have another character to tell us this is wrong and all that.
Now, I really don't mean to be foul mouthed but basically, what I'm saying is that sh** happens in this movie like how they say it on the INTERNET. We are supposed to be draw our own conclusions and morals from the story and not having it shoved down our faces and it works, it really, really works. It is more inspiring than having morals showed down your throat because in the former, we think about whether there is a point for doing good actions or evil ones, we look on both sides of the coin and finally...
Look, I won't give it away, O.K? I really, really do suggest seeing this film. I honestly can't believe how grossly underrated this film is as in my opinion, it is definitely one of the greatest and most perfect films ever. Everything is good about it: all the actors are really good especially Norton and Carter, the atmosphere and the directing I can't describe but the best thing is the story. Just see it. Half way through the character loses and realizes something devastating about himself but I won't give it away. Don't be put off though by the nudity (actually there is very, very little nudity at all in this film. It's mostly just alot of suggestive experiences which the characters recount. Here's the Parents Guide here: imdb.com/title/tt0137523/parentalguide#certification) or the violence because they were necessary and aren't pornographic. While Mel Gibson is far from being a good Catholic so lets not bring that subject up, he made the film Apocalypto. Yes there was alot of nudity but what do you expect when the film is about uncivilized Indians? The nudity actually made sense in that context and it certainly wasn't gratuitous.
So, to the people who saw this film... what are your thoughts? Did you like ti and what did you think of it's themes? Do tell me.