get Thomas Bonds
Nov. 20, 2013
Fight Club and Reservoir Dogs
Fight Club and Reservoir Dogs portray similar themes. The primary characters in both films are disconnected from themselves and therefore have trouble functioning in their own lives. These characters also have differing beliefs on the nature of their own realities and are disconnected from them. Similarly, David Fincher and Quinton Tarantino use thematic and stylistic devices to disconnect the viewer from the reality of the films’ narratives.
In Reservoir Dogs, the characters are disconnected from themselves; they do not even have names. Instead, they are each assigned a color and are referred to by their ...view middle of the document...
Essentially Tyler is everything the protagonist isn’t, but secretly wishes he could be. After the Ed Norton character first encounters Tyler, his life is thrown into turmoil. He finds that his apartment is now a pile of ash and rubble, and over time, he becomes unable to function in his professional and daily life.
The major characters in both Fight Club and Reservoir Dogs believe they are living in reality. But just as they are disconnected from themselves they are also disconnected from the reality surrounding them. For example, in Fight Club, the main protagonist has no idea that his new friend Tyler Durden is actually just a part of himself. He, in fact, fully believes that others can see and interact with Tyler, and does not realize that Tyler’s actions are, in reality, his own. In Reservoir Dogs, the characters’ disconnection from themselves also causes a disconnection from their perception of the reality surrounding them. Mr. Brown, Mr. Orange, Mr. White, Mr. Pink, etc. all have differing perceptions of what happened during the botched diamond heist. While they are all in agreement that one of them is a rat, their perceptions cause them to argue repeatedly about the identity of said rat.
David Fincher and Quinton Tarantino use numerous thematic and stylistic devices to convey the disconnection and detachment from reality in their films. In both Fight Club and Reservoir Dogs, unconventional narrative patterns are used. At times, it is unclear to the viewer how a scene fits with the rest of the film. This kind of narrative disconnects the viewer from the reality of the film, just as the characters are disconnected from the reality around them. In Fight Club, the main protagonist, Ed Norton, is also the narrator for the film. Because the narrator is the main protagonist in the film, his narrations are skewed by his own beliefs about reality further confusing the viewer. The use of flashbacks is highly...