Fight Club

May 23, 2003



[Fight Club]Watched Fight Club the other night. Kay doesn’t like dark comedies when they get too dark, so I watched it by myself. Wow. If you can tolerate the violence, this movie is a wicked satire of consumer culture.

I was reminded of hushed references to an Allelon Fight Club. Which gets me thinking, how much of church culture is really consumer spirituality? Don’t actually do anything, just sit back and swallow what has been predigested for you. It passes through your system and you crap it out, ready for more — but you haven’t lived the Life.

This is also a superb post-modern movie. When Kay told me she was tired and was going to bed, I had about half an hour left to watch, so I told her I wouldn’t be long. Wrong. After being stunned by the ending, I had to go back and pretty much watch the movie again because it changes the story. I tried fast-forwarding through most of it, so I’m sure I missed various things, but it was fascinating to hear the narration, watch the scenes, listen to the dialog — same movie, different story.

Tyler: “You have to know the answer to this question. If you died right now, how would you feel about your life?”
Jack: “I don’t know, I wouldn’t feel anything good about my life, is that what you want to hear me say? Fine. Come on!”
Tyler: “Not good enough.”



Jon Reid

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As an American missionary kid who grew up in Japan, I'm a child of two cultures, while not fully belonging to either. This gives me a sightly different view of the world.

8 responses to Fight Club

  1. Now you’ve done it…..

  2. “his name was Bob”
    great movie–great critique. i’d love to hear more on it.

  3. rule number one: no talking about —– —-!

  4. Imho, Fight Club is an excellent depiction of the depravity of man. Well done movie (though exceedingly dark).

  5. Fight club’s got some really cool stuff. There are alot of really
    quotable conversations aren’t there ? My favourite is the one where
    they are I think robbing a store and someone mentions how their dad
    didn’t want them and abandoned them and if you’d dad didn’t want you
    and God’s supposed to be like your dad what the heck are you
    supposed to think of him as…

  6. Hi Marisa, thanks for sharing. Feel free to jump into more recent entries!

  7. Here’s the direct quote that rocked it all: “Our fathers were our models for God. If our fathers bailed, what does that tell you about God?”
    I also loved “When people think you’re dying, they really, really listen to you … instead of just wait for their turn to speak.”
    That reminds me, this thing deserves a nice review, but I need to watch it again. And again.

  8. Fight Club

    I want to review Fight Club. This is on my todo list, and if anyone expresses interest I might actually do it. In the mean time, read jonreid’s thoughts….