When they were released, these films did not leave anyone indifferent. From “Fight Club” to “Inception” via “Mother!”, focus on 5 divisive films, available on the Netflix platform.
FIGHT CLUB (1999)
Fight Club is the story of the narrator (Edward Norton), without a precise identity, who lives alone, works alone, sleeps alone, eats his meal trays alone for one person like many other single people who experience misery. human, moral and sexual. One day, he joins a clandestine fighting club created by the enigmatic and unconventional Tyler Durden (Brad Pitt).
When it hit theaters in 1999, David Fincher’s controversial Fight Club, adapted from Chuck Palahniuk’s novel, has strongly divided, some being immediately enthusiastic about this satire of the consumer society, while others, on the other hand, did not adhere to it at all.
“Boxing clubs are a place to reclaim masculinity. This film aims to show the damage that modern society inflicts on young men”, said David Fincher about this now cult film, but which was a resounding failure at the box office. “The evolutionary process that transforms ‘predatory DNA’ into ‘gregarious DNA’ can only be painful. In Fight Club, the quest for a manly sanctuary within such a society takes on a destructive form.”
Instead of stealing a dream, an experienced thief and his team must do the opposite: plant an idea in an individual’s mind. If they succeed, it could be the perfect crime…
Nolan, fascinated by dreams, looks back on the period during which he imagined Inception. “I was then fascinated by dreams and by the relationship between our daytime life and our nightlife”, says the filmmaker. “The fact that the elements of a dream – whether distressing, joyful or supernatural – are produced by our own minds has always struck me as an interesting paradox: what this reveals about the potential of the imaginary is absolutely extraordinary. I started to think about how we could use that in a spectacular action film with a very human dimension.”
S.O.S. FANTUMBRELLAMY (2016)
In 2016, Paul Feig, director of the cult comedy My Best Friends, seized on a myth: the Ghostbusters saga. Her feature film is a female reboot, led by Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones. Even if the film benefits from the wink appearances of Bill Murray and Dan Aykroyd, it is far from unanimous among fans of the ectoplasmic saga.
Shortly after confirmation that Ghostbusters would be an 100% female reboot disconnected from the previous episodes, Ernie Hudson did not, for example, hesitate to give his opinion on what he considers to be “a bad idea.” According to the interpreter of Winston Zeddemore, “if it has nothing to do with the two previous films, and there are only women, why call it Ghostbusters? (…) I think it would be a mistake to make a new movie without the guys.”
Each work by Darren Aronofsky is talked about a lot, whether it’s Requiem for a Dream, Black Swan or The Fountain. Worn by Jennifer Lawrence and Javier Bardem, the feature film Mother! is no exception to the rule. This thriller, which follows a couple whose relationship is challenged by the arrival of unexpected guests who disturb their peace, was strongly divided when it was released in theaters.
Darren Aronofsky came up with the idea for this intimate thriller during five frenetic days he spent alone at his computer in an isolated house. It was in parallel with his anxieties about today’s world and his deeply gloomy vision of today’s society that he came up with the idea for the film.
“We live in crazy times”, says the filmmaker. “As we will soon be eight billion human beings on Earth, we must face difficulties whose magnitude we do not yet measure.”
“Ecosystems are collapsing and species are disappearing at an unprecedented rate, the migrant crisis is turning states upside down, the visibly schizophrenic US government ratifies a landmark climate change agreement, then reverses itself a few months later, ancestral tribal conflicts and ancient beliefs always fuel war and hatred…”, he lists.
Note that Jennifer Lawrence was so stressed on the set of Mother! that she suffered from hyperventilation and damaged a rib. The actress admitted that the shooting of this film was the most difficult of her career.
MAN OF STEEL (2013)
A little boy discovers he has supernatural powers and was not born on Earth. Later, he embarks on a journey to understand where he comes from and why he was sent to our planet. But he will have to become a hero if he wants to save the world from total destruction and embody hope for all humanity. Does that remind you of something ?
Almost nine years (already!) after its theatrical release, Man of Steel, a reboot of the adventures of Superman, still arouses so many mixed opinions among superheroic fans. Generous but imperfect, the feature film by Zack Snyder continues to be debated, while the character played on screen by Henry Cavill has continued his merry way in the Justice League. And you, what do you think ?