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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.
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…
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…
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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…
From the perspective of one who has read the book, I have to say that this wasn't too bad of a film adaptation. Because everything from the book cannot be fit, Mary Harron took pieces from it and rearranged the events to tell the story more smoothly since the film does not include everything; I thought this was an interesting decision. Another clever thing she does is having Patrick Bateman's music artist monologues that are spoken to the reader and fit them into scenes where he is telling another character these same monologues. Christian Bale does a great job in capturing the performance of Patrick Bateman. I also find it hilarious because his step-mother, Gloria Steinem, fought against the publication…
A sharp, off-beat, memorizing, and disturbingly hilarious satire on the Wall Street lifestyle in the 1980s. Christian Bale is absolutely brilliant here, perfectly portraying both the psycho and charismatic billionaire side of Patrick Bateman masterfully. He's pretty despicable, but Bale makes him such a compelling and fascinating character to watch that it almost becomes hard not to like him. On top of that, the film's well directed, the cinematography is pretty stunning, the dialogue is extremely witty and memorable, and Bale is backed up by a great supporting cast (Jared Leto is still Paul Allen to me). It's just one insane fun and wild ride from start to finish with one of the most ambitious endings.
way, way better than i expected considering my all-consuming hatred for bret easton ellis. beautifully directed and not even that tasteless, even though it kind of fell apart by the third act imo. B+
It had been a long time since I last watched this. Great movie and great cast. Now if you'll excuse me I have to return some videotapes.
Jared Leto gets axed in the face by Christian Bale while they listen to Huey Lewis and the News. Disturbing psychological ramblings, hardcore threesome sex and a movie-long pissing contest between business cards. How can this not be a 5/5?
Pure, unbridled chaos
An interesting take on the serial killer tale based in moneyed New York. With a whose who of actors and hilarious musical touchtones, this a great movie.
Nope. Still don't like it.
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