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I think my mask of sanity is about to slip.
A wealthy New York investment banking executive hides his alternate psychopathic ego from his co-workers and friends as he escalates deeper into his illogical, gratuitous fantasies.
Driver: Do you like Mary Harron’s adaptation of Bret Easton Ellis’ American Psycho?
Snooty Film Analyst: It’s OK.
Driver: The later scenes are a little too abstract for my tastes, but when Bateman’s monologuing carries on throughout all 102 minutes, I think it really comes into its own, commercially and artistically. The whole film has a clear, crisp look, and an old sheen of consummate professionalism that really gives Andrzej Sekula’s cinematography a big boost. Mary Harron's been compared to David Fincher in the final scenes, but I think Mary has a far more bitter, cynical sense of humour.
Snooty Film Analyst: Hey, Driver.
Driver: Yes, Analyst?
Snooty Film Analyst: Why are their notes scattered around the place concerning theories…
So that was rather surprising.
The first time I watched this was not long after I had read the book. The book left me shocked, bewildered and in awe of the deeply dark and gruesome satire Brett Easton Ellis had written. It highlighted an era that focussed on self improvement, image and acquiring wealth. Ellis' novel comments on this in the most horrible way, through the completely and utterly insane Patrick Bateman. This is perhaps the shallowest and vilest protagonist I've ever come across in a novel. And he has to be as the true strength in Ellis' novel is that he condemns him and what he stands for. It is too easy to go along with the controversy surrounding…
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
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This film is incredibly dark yet surprisingly funny and clever. Christian Bale plays Patrick Bateman, a character whom is seen to have two personalities, a 'twatty', wealthy, metrosexual businessman who underneath is a psychotic killer. The satirical element of the film makes the film entertaining yet makes the audience more aware of the depth of this character and merges his two personalities. American Psycho also shows how the author of the novel and director, Mary Harron saw the business society of Wall Street, nobody is unique or individual, everybody wearing suits are seen as the same person and nobody can distinguish individual people.
Sorry about the length in advance.
I watched this film a few years ago and thought, “I got it. He really isn’t Patrick Bateman. Big whoop.” I return to this and realize how little I knew. American Psycho is a masterpiece. It examines American society (specifically 80s Wall Street yuppies) in the most uproarious and horrific light possible. It’s dark and sardonic, but thoroughly entertaining. I shouldn’t be laughing at someone being killed or a related comment, but it absolutely slayed me. Bale is the highlight, but its overall craftsmanship and themes should be commended as much.
There are two BIG questions people ask about American Psycho
1. Did Patrick Bateman really exist?
2. Did Patrick Bateman or whoever Bateman…
This film is a definite nightmare. Start to finish. Another ambiguous ending for me to love! Oh I just love to have my own interpretation of the way a film ended... And it is all the more EPIC, with Bale doing the titular role. He has Killer looks.
Disturbing and heavy at the same time, the plot offers a lot more than what meets the eye. It's a comedy, it's horror, and also a commentary on the mentality of Wall Street, capitalism, and society in general. Pure genius, a must watch!
Bale is the movie.
Hilarious, yet also very menacing & scary.
"I'm simply not there"
American Psycho is a classic proof of how Christian Bale kicks the movies ass. His attitude slowly changes when he is alone with his victims as he literally goes psycho and kills them in the worst possible ways.
This horror film didn't really scare me like Sinister or Evil Dead did. This was a different kind of horror, like a messed up, evil kind of person that is Patrick Bateman is.
His anger takes over his body and he seems to not be able to control his pain and lust for killing that turns out to be all in his head.
Overall the movie was great and I recommend watching this if you love horror movies with Batman in them :)
I always get a bit worried writing a review about a film that I see the vast majority of people enjoying a lot more than I did. Maybe I went into this with my hopes a little high, but all I know was I just didn't enjoy it all that much.
Never really been a huge Christian Bale fan, but starting off positive I found his performance here to be very charismatic and enjoyable - albeit veering into being irritatingly cocky at times. Some of the more energetic killing scenes were a good laugh though, reminiscent of Jim Carrey at times. Overall I thought that performance really carried the movie, just not enough for me to completely enjoy it.
It's just as well a woman directed "American Psycho." She's transformed a novel about blood lust into a movie about men's vanity. A male director might have thought Patrick Bateman, the hero of "American Psycho," was a serial killer because of psychological twists, but Mary Harron sees him as a guy who's prey to the usual male drives and compulsions. He just acts out a little more.
Most men are not chain-saw killers; they only act that way while doing business. Look at the traders clawing each other on the floor of the stock exchange. Listen to used-car dealers trying to dump excess stock on one another. Consider the joy with which one megacorp stock-raids another and dumps its leaders.…
Well, I finally got around to seeing this thing. I'm so glad I did. This was one of the funniest movies I've ever seen, though I don't know if that's bad thing to take away from this experience. Moving on, the movie is not only a great character study on serial killers, but also a perfect commentary on narcissism, fetish and most importantly upper class social circles, as it completely captures their imperfection fearing facades at their most ridiculous moments. However, the film isn't so much about these personality traits as it is about woman hating Christian Bale. Also, about his character, Patrick Bateman, who also hates women. His inner monologues that explain his severe love for himself are so…
Went back and read my old review: Wow. I did not grasp this film nearly as well as I thought I had. It was my senior year of high school. I'm as ashamed as anyone could be that I deemed Christian Bale's turn as Patrick Bateman unconvincingly plastic.
I'm sorry, everyone. I'm sorry.
Christian Bale plays this role so good it's kind of scary. Still, this movie is just too deep for my liking.
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