Fight Club is one of those generational films that everyone loves but may be a little too over the edge for some. Not in a gory or ghastly way, but by philosophical means. The meaning of life and why we exist type of prattle. But when you realize what Fight Club adds up to, it can leave you mesmerized. Granted, you will have to probably watch the move 2+ times to let everything sink in, because sometimes you just won’t get it till the end. Then you have to go back to make sure you didn’t dream it all.
An average guy in every way, suddenly cannot sleep. With a severe case of Insomnia, he seeks medical treatment only to be given a sarcastic remark about patients with real pain at support groups from a doctor, instead of actual treatment. Being an insomniac desperate for some type of relief, he decides to attend support groups for different types of diseases in an effort to relieve inner angst by crying on the shoulders of others, realizing that it cures his insomnia. When Marla begins to show up at some of these groups, Cornelius returns to being the insomniac guy. Marla’s presence, doesn’t allow him to cry, and throws him back into insomnia. That’s when he meets Tyler Durden. Tyler isn’t afraid of a damn thing and encourages him to start a Fight Club and to start making soap. This club is where men fight it out bare-knuckle boxing style, until their teeth fall out and their eyes are purple. This becomes his new form release.
Interesting enough, but what does it all mean?
**Beyond here, you are entering nothing but spoilers. You have been warned. **
Psychologically, Mr. Insomnia is going through behavioral problems that require psychological treatment. Living his life as he is expected and not as he truly wants to, is allowing his real emotions to build up somewhere in the back of his subconscious. He has decorated his house exactly like Ikea showcases. He goes to work everyday and follows the guidelines, although he’d like to tell his boss where he can shove his cornflower blue tie. But these feeling are never released, hence the insomnia.
So the different support groups for gravely ill patients, becomes his form of psychotherapy. In pretending to be like the others, he connects with their pain and releases his emotions through crying. Then enters Marla Singer the reminder of who he really is.
If he’s nuts, Marla is insane. For reasons neither I or Cornelius can understand, Marla also enjoys going to all these support groups. He strikes a deal with her and hopes to never see her again, till he meets Tyler.
Tyler starts Fight Club and Cornelius begins to change. He comes in to work with his face beaten to a pulp and blood stains on his perfect work shirt. He moves into an abandoned house with Tyler, that is falling apart. Far from, the OCD strategic Ikea layout he had in his apartment.
But when things start to get too crazy for him, he is unable to make anything stop. Then he begins to notice periods of time that he can’t remember. And soon he realizes, that he is actually Tyler Durden. All that emotional storage + insomnia = split personality. And when he’s not awake, Tyler’s been running around town directing Fight Club and setting up a bomb made out of the same soap he has everyone making. Cornelius is one of the many names he wrote on his ID sticker at the support groups, for anonymity. But they are one and the same.