Movies that are slightly off.
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…
Christian Bale deserved an Oscar.
Sorry this review is so short, I have to return some videotapes.
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Harold, it's Bateman, Patrick Bateman. You're my lawyer so I think you should know: I've killed a lot of people. Some girls in the apartment uptown uh, some homeless people maybe 5 or 10 um an NYU girl I met in Central Park. I left her in a parking lot behind some donut shop. I killed Bethany, my old girlfriend, with a nail gun, and some man uh some old faggot with a dog last week. I killed another girl with a chainsaw, I had to, she almost got away and uh someone else there I can't remember maybe a model, but she's dead too. And Paul Allen. I killed Paul Allen with an axe in the face, his body…
A social satire on the materialistic, self-obsessed & money-driven yuppie generation of 1980s America that also mocks male narcissism in the process, American Psycho presents a community made up of people who have all the luxury that money can buy yet no individuality of their own, a world where everyone looks, dresses & acts exactly the same, and measure themselves only by their external appearances & material possessions.
Based on the novel of the same name, American Psycho tells the story of Patrick Bateman; a wealthy, narcissistic & material-obsessed investment banker living in New York during the late 1980s who's a stereotype of the yuppie generation and leads a secret life as a serial killer. But the mask of outer perfection he's put up…
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…
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…
Great watch for everyone.
It wasn't very intelligent of me to watch this movie right before going to bed.
Score: 4 out of 5
"Did you know I'm utterly insane?"
great film, bit of a head fuck though
The mixture of Mary Harron's deft handling, the satire on consumerism, effective doses of black comedy and Christian Bale's terrific, unhinged performance make for a damn masterpiece.
Super incredible picture honestly, but I think half the people who watch it miss the point.
"American Psycho" is an exhilarating sensation of a film that will send chills down your spine, make you laugh, and could possibly even make you cry. Christian Bale's iconic performance is one to watch as it makes "American Psycho" chilling and thrilling at the same time.
An incredible satire, Christian Bale gives his best performance to date, its dark, its creepy, and its very entertaining! I had heard a lot of great things about this film when I had my first viewing, I will admit I did feel like skipping certain scenes due to the insane amount of gore but I stuck through all of it, what an amazing film, a true classic that has instant rewatchability.