I’ll be quite honest here and say that when I first saw Fight Club, I was really into that film, though I definitely followed along with the film which in the end condemns Tyler Durden’s actions as the spiteful atrocities that they are. Thankfully I did not stop short like so many other audience members appear to have, who lionize Durden. Though I could understand that reading as well, I always felt that while the movie makes Tylers actions entertaining, they were also always grotesque to a degree.
A couple of years ago at the height of GamerGate Dan Olson, a.k.a. FoldableHuman, did a great analysis video of Fight Club. One thing that he emphasizes which I could never pinpoint before is how Project Mayhem rebuilds in miniature the corporate structures that the narrator is supposedly trying to rid himself of.
Now today I watched an even stronger analysis by Maggie Mae Fish which goes into even deeper and even bigger meta context, including Fincher’s editing style and how it kind of predicted (and with the above mentioned audience members also kind of “caused”) the resurgence in fascism. The strongest thing about this video is the central thesis with which it opens: That the film isn’t told from Jack’s perspective, but from Tyler’s, and that Jack is just a rhetorical device by Tyler to make Tyler more symphatetic.