Last night, I saw that Fight Club was playing on one of my 562 movie channels so I thought, "What the hell. I've avoided this movie for a few years. Tonight's the night." Plus, one of my favorite television shows, It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, did a parody of Fight Club in an episode and I knew I would better appreciate the parody if I saw the movie.
I was shocked to read the details and learn that I hadn't avoided this movie for "a few years." I had avoided this movie for eight years. Eight years! I couldn't believe it. I hate movies about boxing and I hate all those Spike television network shows where men beat the crap out of each other. Still, I had no idea that my dislike of watching people pummel each other had outweighed my desire to see Brad Pitt, frequently shirtless, for eight whole years.
Edward Norton is the kind of actor I would watch clip his toenails. He's always fascinating and is especially so in this movie. Helena Bonham Carter as Marla Singer is also excellent as is the scrumptious Brad Pitt as Tyler Durden.
All that being said, this movie was absolutely not what I expected. Somehow, while avoiding seeing this movie for eight years, I had also avoided learning the actual plot. In case you've also avoided this movie for eight years, it has very little to do with shirtless men beating each other up in basements.