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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…
This review reportedly contains 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…
Christian Bale deserved an Oscar.
Sorry this review is so short, I have to return some videotapes.
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.
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…
a solid adaptation of one of my all-time favorite novels but loses points for the added ambiguity. mary harron really gets the sharp satire so it's a bummer that she doesn't fully commit to the idea of bateman as a killer.
Don't believe the critics - this movie is not as violent as they would have you believe. All the real violence happens off screen. It is in fact the blackest, black, black comedy you will ever see, with a twist at the end that I did not see coming. Straight into my all time best movies the second it finished.
1 March 2015 ★★★★★
What an acting by Christian Bale.
The story itself can have many interpretations.
1. He didnt kill anyone and all those things happened in his head.
2. He did kill everyone but as the yuppies are so self engrossed they often mix up names and people...so nobody really cares about these murders and Bateman gets away with it.Even when Bateman's lawyer says he has met Allen twice in the last 10 days in London,he might have mistaken somebody else for allen.But still atleast Batemab blowing up the police car seems like and hallucination.
3. He killed Allen but all the other murders happened in his head as later found out by his secretary in that sketchbook. The hooker banging on doors of the apartment just before being killed, Bateman firing at the police, killing people in the open and getting away with it surely tells us that it's all his hallucination.
Even when trapped in an actual (much more boring btw) psychopath's apartment 'feed me a stray cat' was still hilarious.
And whenever I hear Phil Collins in line at the grocery store (which happens quite frequently - sometimes to an eerie degree) I also think of this movie.
Christian Bale was the perfect choice for Patrick Bateman. However, the film was too tame for my taste, the book was much more intense, while scenes in this film were significantly downplayed as well as shortened. Would have liked this to have been longer, but overall a good film, however not worth the drama it caused when it was first released.
Twisted and darkly humorous fun.
Great moments of paranoia (like the scene with business cards). But the rest lacks more.... cinematics
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