#MovieSceneTuesdays: Fight Club

by Youssef El Ganaini | March 14, 2017

When I came from the jungle, @tuxthemonkey introduced me to the city’s monkey world and let me watch movies to analyze them and post them on the monkey blog. That’s why every week I’ll be posting a scene, just like Tux told me…orders are orders, he’s the monkey leader here!

Movies can leave a long-lasting effect on both humans and monkeys, and when a director chooses to film a scene, it’s not because it looks nice but because it advances the story visually, it conveys an emotion visually, and the director uses specific shot types to give a message visually. After all film is a visual medium. With these things in mind, I’ll be analyzing one of my favorite scenes with y’all monkeys and humans out there: The Ending Scene of…(drum roll)

Yup, that’s right. Fight Club.

Visual Plot

Through this scene, 2-time Oscar Nominated Director David Fincher ends the story – or in other words, advances the plot visually – concluding that Tyler Durden has finally destroyed his ‘imaginary Tyler Durden’ inside him, whom he thought was a whole other person. He is back natural now after all the crazy things he did. He did that by making Edward Norton’s facial expressions calm and tranquil. He also let Edward Norton remain totally relaxed in spite of all the buildings that we’re falling down before his eyes. Classy way of ending a classy film.

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Visual Emotion

As of the visual emotions, if we put the film on mute, we will feel three emotions inside us: Trust, Tranquility and Shock.

We feel trust because although Barbara was feeling angry, she trusts the insomniac crazy guy named Tyler Durden who destroys the buildings she sees falling in front of her through holding his hand. Just at this moment, David Fincher goes for a close-up because he wants us to see and feel exactly that.

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In spite of all what’s happening here we get to feel tranquility, because of the actor’s facial expressions of calmness and inner peace.

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Yes the buildings are falling down but no one flips out or anything, and everybody is totally calm. At the same time we’re shocked! Was Tyler Durden both of these maniacs all the time? Was everything just an imagination? And did Tyler Durden do all those crazy things through his imagination? In this photo we can clearly see the shock on Barbara’s face.

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Cinematography

But what effect does the Cinematography of this scene have visually? Well it’s directly connected to the emotions. For example, the color blue is intensified in this scene but it can have different purposes. A few of them are: Tranquility, Shock and Trust. No, not a coincidence. These are exactly the same emotions David Fincher wanted us to feel. Also at the moment where Tyler and Barbara hold hands in a close-up is a sign of how well the cinematography in this scene, because he wants us to feel trust.

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I can’t wait to get back to the jungle to tell my monkey friends about this scene!