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Fight Club (1999)
The emasculating social commentary
It is seen through many Academic readings, that this film is a fest of emasculation, the fight of regaining masculinity and the abundance of consumerist ideologies.
The way in which Fincher tackles these issues, are in the visually ferocious fighting or the 'fight' to escape the feminist culture, that is pressing their masculinity to the ground. Furthermore, it is the way the main character is portrayed, as a man with feminine values, emasculated to the point that; he indulges in buying the petty things from Ikea just for social acceptability, or for 'fun'.
It is evident that this film tackles these issues and, it is of great interest to explore them, arriving at new interpretations of the film's social stance and what its commenting on, are actually issues of the contemporary capitalist culture.
I would additionally state that this film is exactly what it says it is, a fight club, it sets out to fight social issues through clever construction. It is certainly worth the watch, and then possibly to read about. It is one of David Fincher's best works to date even if it has been tarnished with the Cult film status. It is visually compelling, and with plenty to take away from you won't have wasted your time.