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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…
Reaction image gold mine.
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.
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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…
Honestly, my parents let me watch anything when I was growing up. I love them more than anything but the older I get, I can't help myself to not judge them. Yes, I've seen this movie before, but I was far too young to understand any of it. However, it's a movie I understand more and more with each viewing. At first I just thought it was a updated version of Psycho (this is child-Lee talking), then it became about sex (oh hey, teenage-Lee), now, the film seems more relevant than ever by using 1980's wall street competitiveness that stir up some bold parallels to the frat-boy misogynistic culture I've had the misfortune to live in these past couple years.…
There's something extremely impressive about how it starts off as purely a semi-satiric depiction of the yuppie culture of the late eighties, but then continues to add various components of humor, fear, and surrealism until it ends up as something totally different.
And again, I love that it can legitimately be read multiple ways. Taking one scene in and of itself allows one interpretation to take precedence, but when combined with others it either loses its importance or is basically rebuffed.
And this time I saw a similarity to BRAZIL, as both have on display a world/society that runs almost automatically and cannot stop to comprehend or even care about individuals. Patrick Bateman and Sam Lowry have much…
Willem Dafoe tho.
Upon rewatching this film, I found that I enjoyed it more than I remembered. It's a smart and funny satire with a strong performance by Christian Bale.
Thought-provoking character study that's also a mockery of the American dream. The best monologues about the cheesiest 80s music.
American Psycho was good.
Christian Bale's performance as "the" American Psycho was well done. At first, I thought it wasn't that great, that it had temporary and fleeting moments of brilliance but was on the whole stiff and awkward. However, after a few minutes of deep and contemplative thought, I realized that Bale's job was to play a psycho— making those awkward moments necessary to the character. I especially enjoyed his talks with Willem Dafoe's character. I will say though that this was certainly not Christian Bale's best performance.
Despite Bale's performance, the movie has a vibe that is kind of a turnoff. It, at times, feels extremely low budget, giving off a cheap (dare I say Lifetime-ish) feel occasionally. This general vibe, for me, removed a lot of the suspense, and cheapened it greatly.
In short, Bale delivers a good performance in what could've been a great film, rather than just another good one.
Though it seems at first that the film is just an allegory for the Wall Street greed of the 1980's, American Psycho just a critiquing the past because of how well built the central character. He perfectly shows a disillusionment and hatred that comes along with getting everything you want so easily.
I haven't read the Brett Easton Ellis novel, but this adaptation is a very funny and odd satire of capitalist greed and narcissism. Christian Bale is simply electric and many scenes hit that right combination of tense, macabre, and caustically funny. Unfortunately, the voiceover can be a bit on the nose at times. Still, this is a really unique achievement that is ample discussion fodder.
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