I think this is a great criticism of capitalism, multinational empire and the society in which we live; philosophy of throwaway to which we are accustomed, self-help methods, etc. It shows through the crowds, the loneliness of the protagonist and the speed at which we are going, that doesn’t allow us to get into contact with the space around us.
This film takes all the expressive, formal and textual freedoms, reached in the baroque decade of American cinema. It shows us a time when the capitalist system is the big winner and where individualism triumphs of people. The main character suffers from schizophrenia, if you look, the production of capitalism has a clear schizophrenic side, because while tending to the limit, rejected. This is what happens to our protagonist, lives a life on the edge and yet represses this trend.
The consumer spirit of society is shown through the main character, a compulsive buyer. Try, by buying, satisfy their desires, but they never will be solved at all; what he really wants, fantasies and desires, have been converted into a consumer object, therefore, he believes that he has all the furniture, curtains, great TV and a long list of items, get a full happiness, however, none of this gets let him sleep at night. We live in a world where everything is going too fast and there is no time to stop on personal relationships and try to achieve happiness through them. So we got used to the individual portions, including individual portions of friendship, making it falling in a constant schizophrenia, which we don’t realize that all of society is really like, and it seems that this is the normal dynamics.
In this film we see fragments with coarse texture and various subliminal frames reminiscent of the avant-garde and experimental cinema. In addition to a great relativism of the work, which enhances the consistency and the greatness of the heinous acts. David Fincher
is an ideologue of “neo-reactionaries”, and faithful to a progressive aesthetic, shows the decline of the American dream, showing us the two sides of the coin.
The last is one of the best scenes in which we return to the beginning: the narrator sitting in a chair and Tyler pulls a gun, and says "meditate what we have achieved," referring to the destruction of society that they have been carrie
d out. At that point, the narrator makes a sign of mental recovery that has come, he is aware that Tyler is a hallucination and that is part of him, so if Tyler has a gun in his hand, really, the gun is in his hand, so the gun goes hand of the narrator. Given the chaotic situation, the narrator is left with the only option of killing Tyler, for this must be shot himself, the gun into his mouth and fired. Tyler shot the stick falls collapsed, turning to restore order, but it is too late and there is no time to slow the fall of the buildings they had planned.
The film begins with a scene at the end, after the voiceover narrator takes us to a disjointed time to introduce Bob, this temporal ellipsis is linked to the continuity of the movement of the character, you begin to move in the first sequence and the tour ends in the next. With the voice takes us to another time and space, which is already the beginning of the film. So, we can say that the whole film is a long flashback, a retrospective that ends at baseline.
Let's see the protagonists: first Tyler Durden (Brad Pitt
), his dress contrasts with the rest of the film, so we can guess that there is a real character. It’s an explosion of color in the narrator's life, red is always present in the garments of Tyler, either jacket, goggles
or pants, this color means strength and passion, perhaps missing the narrator. At the end of the film, it is grown more violent, out with a crew cut, stronger, with a mustache and gestures coarser. This person is responsible for teaching the narrator through fights to love life for itself and not for their products, to enjoy the good and evil, he prepares to be a Super Man to guide mankind to the true values. In fact once the narrator has become this Super Man does not need to Tyler, and must kill to go his way, being able to continue to grow under certain values and morals
that he has set, this is where the love and it has no place, in fact until Tyler does not disappear the narrator is unable to catch Marla hand.
Regarding the narrator (Edward Norton
), dressed mostly in gray tones, is in her dress where we see the change, stop wearing a tie, shirt open, don’t care, start smoking gradually becomes Tyler Durden. Swayed, it has neither own nor strength to live values, simply supports the burden society imposes, is dedicated to follow the marked rules, should move up the personal self and it has to consume what they tell you.