Rewatched May 27, 2012
Jake Musselman’s review:
I'm in the almost nonexistent minority of loving this movie. The book is one of my favorite books, and I'd definitely choose it over the film, but ignoring the comparison the movie still is fantastic to me. Everyone in it is great (especially Brad Renfro, who gives an incredibly haunting final performance) and the narrative translated a lot better from book to film than I was ever expecting.
This isn't a film for everyone, I perfectly understand why following largely unlikable people around isn't the idea of a good watch. But there's something so captivating about these characters in Ellis's writing and this adaptation. Most of them bathe in decadence, but it's very clear who is and isn't meant to be a good person. You're the spectator to their downfall, and I think it's brilliant.