Movies became means of mass entertainment, unlike theatre because they generally tell a story, or convey a message. For few hours the audience are transported in a reality that is different and yet familiar with their own reality. The effect is similar to reading a good novel but unlike a novel that is a flat way of telling a story because a novel depends on words to convey the story, while a movie takes the help of other props to make experience more realistic, the actors who enact the role of characters, the setting and technical details that help to create an atmosphere and the contrived environment, dimmed lights, surrounding sounds, all these make the audience forget their own lives and enter into the lives of the characters on the screen. Fight Club is a powerful movie that tries to blur the difference between audience and a character.
Unlike the movies that are made and released every day in droves in all corners of the world to entertain the audience, Fight Club makes the audience sit up and look seriously at the contemporary society. It is serious, it conveys a message on the meaninglessness in the modern life, it is a satire on capitalist world and its overpowering emphasis on money as a source of everything good in the world theme, Though the movie, when it was realized, was not accepted by a large number of audience, over the years it has acquired a kind of cult following because it forces the audience to a fresh critical look at the contemporary values. The movie comes in the genre of a ‘dark comic drama’.(more…)