This paper explores several aspects of the Fight Club movie. The paper provides an introduction of the movie that touches on the background information. The paper further investigates some components found in the movie like cinematic language, types and functions of sound, animation, principles of movie form, elements of narrative and the role of the screenwriter. The question the paper seeks to answer is why these movie components were incorporated the way they are. The significance of these components is also established and how they help in conveying the message the director intended. This research is important because it helps a person to get a deeper understanding of the movie.
The methodology incorporated in this research is case study. The comparative case study aids in the topic of discussion, entailing Fight Club movie. The case study method fits because of the abundance of information, and by referring to previous studies and the movie; this research ascertains several points made concerning the topics of discussion.
Fight Club Film is adapted from a Chuck Palahniuk novel, written in 1996. The film has three main stars namely Edward Norton, Helena Bonham Carter, and Brad Pitt. David Fincher directed the film because of his enthusiasm associated to the film. However, he sought assistance from the cast and Jim Uhls. The Fight Club movie closely resembles a 1967 movie known as The Graduate, and a 1955 movie called Rebel without a Cause. The idea behind the movie was to expose violence, which serves as a metaphor for the conflict existing between two groups. The groups involved are the value system of advertising and a generation of young people. The copying of homoerotic overtones in the movie from the novel had the purpose of making the audiences uncomfortable while delaying their anticipation of the twist ending. There are other components included in the movie to help in the conveyance of the message, and these include elements of narrative, cinematic language, animations, and bizarre camera angles and movements.
The Fight Club movie revolves around Norton, who plays the unarmed protagonist. From the movie, it can deduced that Norton is discontented with his white collar job, which leads him to form a "fight club" , in association with Tyler Durden, who is a soap maker. Eventually, Norton and Tyler become embroiled in a relationship with Marla, and this forms the better part of the plot.
Principles of Film Form
The Fight Club movie has incorporated several principles of form in its plot. Some of the components incorporated in its film form include characters such as the Narrator, Tyler Durden, and the postmodern society. The narrator in the movie represents a principle of the movie form since he starts narrating the story as a victim of insomnia. The viewer is not made aware of the cause of the narrator's inability to rest, but it can be deduced that his monotonous and consumer driven life play a part. The narrator represents a protagonist who is significantly in a conscious state of illusion because of his denial to engage in unconscious release. In addition, the narrator helps in portraying of the film's principle form through his failure of finding a compromise between himself and the world. He ends up settling for the world because of identifying with it, thus leading him to lose his identity completely, and taking on the form of a separate entity, which is Tyler (Fincher, 1999).
The introduction of Tyler to the viewers through a series of subliminal flashes also helps in achieving the principle of film form. Tyler appears in four occasions before his meeting with the narrator on the plane. The first appearance of Tyler is at the office, then he appears at the hospital, followed by the group therapy session and lastly, when Marla walks away from him after the group therapy. Tyler is also significant in conveying of the principles of film form. Tyler successfully represents this through his portrayal of himself and the narrator, and by behaving in all ways, he desires.
The postmodern society is also a principle of film form as it depicts a world that promotes consumerism and alienation through its capitalistic structures, and the current liberalisms. The concept of life over death depicts in the movie. This acts as a principle of form because it helps the viewer to realize that Tyler's function was to satisfy all of the narrator's needs, which were unsatisfied. He did this through bringing the essence back to the narrator's life that seemed somewhat suppressed and packaged by the society. On the other hand, Marla forms the side that is in a constant fight with life, and that is death, which is evident from her behaviour in the movie.
Fincher incorporated cinematic language in various scenes, in order to convey message without the use of voice or sound effects. For instance, the actors appeared shiny in some scenes, which depict the lurid style. Another cinematic language incorporated is the appearance of the narrator's scenes without the incorporation of Tyler Durden, which seemed bland and realistic. According to Fincher, some scenes containing Tyler without the presence of the narrator were "more hyper real in torn-down, deconstructed sense representing a visual metaphor of what the narrator was, or was heading to." The colours incorporated helped in bringing out cinematic language. For instance, the colour worn by Helena Bonham in the movie revealed her romantic nihilistic character (Llc, 2010). An opalescent makeup represents the colour. Another cinematic language appears when the camera flashing past city streets, reveals to the audience the project mayhem's destructive equipment, which lied in underground parking lots.
Type of Movie
The movie is a drama since it has different stories that unfold as the plot proceeds. The types of drama identified in the movie include the scene where the narrator and Marla discover they are both impostors in the support groups. The narrator tries to get Marla to stop stalking him. The narrators meeting with Tyler on the plane is also dramatic, as the relationships ends up to be fulfilling when the narrator finds his house on fire and most of his belongings razed, thus seeking help from the person they met in a plane (Llc, 2010).
The movie is thrilling, and this is observable in different scenes containing fights by the "fight club". The spectators add to the thrill of the movie, as they urge the fighters on. The negotiation between the narrator and Marla to stop her from meeting him in support groups is also thrilling. There is mystery in the movie. This portrays in scenes depicting the narrator arriving home to find his house and belongings on fire. Mystery surrounds this scene, as the viewer does not know the next step, the narrator will take.
Research asserts presence of several genres in the movie, and they include mystery, horror and romance. Mystery is the most profound genre in the movie, since the viewer is left contemplating on what the next move will be. Creation of scenes that require a person to come up with a viable solution to the problem at hand also achieves this. The second genre is horror, and depicted by the lifestyle of the narrator and his friend (Fincher, 1999). Their decision to form a "fight club" depicts horror, as the events emanating from the "fight club" do not seem desirable. The third genre is romance, and it depicts by using the scene where Tyler and Marla sexually engage.
In the beginning of the movie, animations are visible. There is a depiction of two animations representing Fox and Regency, instrumental in the creation of the movie. The companies' songs play alongside the animations. The animations appear as brain synapse, with the background animated, but containing dark colours.
Elements of narrative
The movie has several aspects of a narrative. Firstly, the movie has various themes incorporated into it. Secondly, presence of different characters justifies its element of a narrative. The movie comprises of several characters such as Marla, Tyler and Meat Loaf. The plot of the movie also reveals an element of narration as characters' collide with each another. The plot also depicts some actions by the characters been driven by internal motivations. A good example is the narrator, who wants to be Tyler (Palahniuk, 2005). The different settings displayed in the movie reveal elements of narrative. The movie begins by displaying the narrators hours, which burns in an inferno. The setting changes from time to time, as the narrator in another instance goes to his boss's office and tries to blackmail him. In another setting, the boss is at the "fight club" venue fighting with the narrator.
The role of the screenwriter
According to research, several screenwriters consulted before achievement of the final script. Firstly, Jim Uhls worked on the spec-script, which did not include a voice-over. The director was against this and advised that, the script needed voice-over in order to bring out the humour. There were several revisions done on the script because different people had different concerns regarding how the script was (Fincher, 1999). The screenwriter is entitled to advice from other screenwriters and directors just like Fincher did, by consulting Cameron Crowe concerning different characters casted on the script. The screenwriter in the movie has a role of making sure the cast is comfortable with the script. Andrew Kevin Walker consulted with Pitt and Norton before revising the script presented to him. The screenwriter also shifts the plot of the movie to the desired direction. In the movie, the screenwriter facilitates this with the help of the movie director (Johnston, 2006).
There is inclusion of this effect in several instances. The first instance is visible at the beginning of the movie, as there as incorporation of a computer generated-brain. Research reveals that a medical illustrator named Katherine Jones aided in the detailing of the brain design. The brain included a pullback sequence that ran from within the brain to the outside of the skull. It included neurons, hair follicle and action potentials (Palahniuk, 2005). The second mise-en-scene is evident when the camera used to shoot the movie flashes across the street, in order to establish project mayhem destructive equipment, which lied in underground parking lots. This is a mise-en-scene because research establishes that it consisted of three-dimensional photographs, shot in Los Angeles and Century City. The final scene depicting the demolition of credit card office also represents a mise-en-scene, as it took close to fourteen months to fit in the movie. A worker of the Image Servant called Richard Baily developed it.
The lighting in the movie in some scene also depicts mise-en-scene. Light aids to differentiate, who between Frank and Tyler was in control. Many scenes that show Frank in control appear well lit in comparison to those that Tyler is in control.
Lighting and Camera movement
At the end of the credits, the camera does not move only for the zooming out of the animation for the purpose of showing what was been shown previously. Research reveals that the following scene appears in a steady angle, with no camera movements. However, camera angles are noticeable. From the first scene of the movie, the character looks up, as if staring at the viewer, and there is a repetition of this at 2:15 revealing that the character is not in a position of power (Johnston, 2006). There is incorporation of different lighting in the movie. The significance of lighting is the differentiation of who is in charge between the narrator and Tyler. Natural light and practical light helps in different scenes. However, different approaches helped in bringing out different light setups. For instance, several urban locations aided in revealing the city lights' effects on the shots' background. There is use of fluorescent lighting, which maintains a reality element through lighting the prostheses that depicted the actor's injuries. The director discourages use of strong light in some scenes in order to shield the eyes of the actors from visibility.
Types and functions of sound
Music is the sound incorporated in the movie a lot. There are other sounds incorporated, and they include drum loops, computerized samples, and electronic scratches. The function of the music and the other sounds was to tie the movie's theme together. In addition, Fincher incorporated the song and other sounds in order to break away from the usual culture, to a non-traditional score (Kerins, 2010).
The Fight Club movie has incorporated well most of the aspects of a film in its video. Some of these aspects include animations, elements of narrative, cinematic language and genre conventions. All these aspects have aided to make the movie a success since they make the movie to be fun and more enjoyable to watch. For instance, different sounds and music help to bring out different themes in the movie. On the other hand, lighting and camera movement add some reality to different scenes. The use of the urban streetlights explains this. Mise-en-scene helps in the plot development and continuation. The genre conventions give the movie credulity, since a real society has different occurrences taking place concurrently.