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…
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
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.
“There is an idea of a Patrick Bateman; some kind of abstraction. But there is no real me: only an entity, something illusory. And though I can hide my cold gaze, and you can shake my hand and feel flesh gripping yours and maybe you can even sense our lifestyles are probably comparable... I simply am not there.”
American Psycho is an eerie, twisted and utterly brilliant film which is composed of a perfectly written character, and an absolutely brilliant performance from Christian Bale. It left me bewildered, shocked, and quite frankly to say the least, completely astonished I could love a film about such a horrible subject matter.
One of the main reasons this film has such an impact…
Before Christian Bale was the Dark Knight, he made his (adult) name as another deeply nutty rich fella. Mary Harron's jet-black satire of '80s yuppie-dom, American Psycho, is one of those rare adaptations that improves on the source material (in this case, a rather lousy book by Bret Easton Ellis) in pretty much every way. It's ultimately a slasher flick, sure, but from disquisitions on the Huey Lewis back-catalog to the high-stakes status war of business card fonts, there's a lot of humor to be had amid the slaughter. And to his credit Bale, displaying the intensity he'd henceforth be known for both on-screen and off-, just goes for it, naked chainsawing and all.
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Pretty good movie. Amazing performance by Christian Bale and Willem Dafoe. The story is clearly not for everyone as it is a little confusing, but it's still pretty damn fun to watch.
Interesting and weird, Bale is at times hilarious and terrifying in his performance. The satire against yuppies is fun, but that couldn't stop the inherent shallowness of the characters from becoming a little grating. Will need to sit and think a bit about this one.
A great piece of satire, and Bale's best performance to date. Hilarious, disturbing, and fun. A very quotable film with dark imagery and an atmosphere different than any other film you will see.
Brilliant tale of a decent into madness and battle of one's personal demons. Bale's best performance to date.
One of Bale's best performances. I love the first hour of this film and the dialogue is so strong. However, I find the ending to not live up to the rest of the film and could have been handled better. Still an excellent film that has aged quite well.
What better way to erase a poor horror remake from the memory than to revel in the obsessive compulsiveness of Patrick Bateman.
Its brilliant satirical edge never ceases to bring a smile and a laugh, and when Bale begins to show the cracks in his sadistic killer it is sheer brilliance.
Films like these make cinema the stunning medium that we know and love
"I have to return some videotapes". Waarom kunnen Hollywoodfilms niet meer zo gemaakt worden? Verrassend, vreemd, onvoorspelbaar en intelligent. Dol op deze film en naast 'The Machinist' de beste rol van Bale.