This post is part of ‘Required Viewing” a series on TV shows & movies every leather-clad rebel should see before they ride off into the sunset like a badass. An archive of the series can be found here.
We’re breaking rule number one, folks. That’s right. We’re talking about Fight Club. In case you didn’t know, Fight Club is a 1999 film based on the novel of the same name by Chuck Palahniuk, and directed by David Fincher (who you probably know for his work on The Social Network, House of Cards and The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo). This film is legendary, and it’s not even 20 years old yet.
The film follows an unnamed white-collar worker (Edward Norton) who meets soap maker Tyler Durden (Brad Pitt) and is introduced to a ring of organized fighting, where other office workers beat one another to a pulp to vent their frustrations. And if you know anything about this film, you know that’s about all that you can tell a first time viewer. After all, the first rule of Fight Club is that you never talk about Fight Club. There are a number of other rules, but you’ll pick ’em up as you go.
This film is deep. So deep that it has a Wikipedia article just devoted to academic interpretations of its meaning. That’s not why we’re here though. We’re recommending Fight Club because of its fantastic style. Brad Pitt’s leather car coat alone is enough for us to call it one of the coolest style movies of the 90’s. I mean, look at that thing. Esquire named it one of the best jackets in all of cinema, and rightfully so. Edward Norton is impeccably dressed at the beginning of the story, and literally starved himself during production so that he would actually waste away on screen in conjunction with his character’s fall from grace. The commitment to detail in Fight Club is astonishing.
Naturally, after it’s release, fight clubs popped up all over America for a few months around the turn of the millenium. And while we definitely don’t endorse beating the hell out of your coworkers (as much as you want to), we absolutely recommend putting on a kick ass leather jacket, channeling your inner Durden and watching (or re-watching) Fight Club next weekend.
And if you’re looking to channel your inner Durden, our Sundance Kid blazer and a good hawaiian shirt will have you ready to sell some soap and kick some ass.