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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.
American Psycho is a character study of a man who's fantasies become a reality as he has a psychotic break and goes on a killing spree. Patrick Bateman (Christian Bale) is a Wallstreet yuppie and as such has a rich and extravagant lifestyle as well as meticulous rituals all of which are explained in explicit detail. His days usually revolve around lunch meetings at high-end restaurants with clients and co-workers, all of which try to one-up each other with their business cards and designer suits. He often grows tired of people, especially women and those who treat him with indifference, and fantasies about killing them in various twisted and brutal ways. One night he finds a homeless man down a…
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.
Great strange movie that does a great job explaining why Huey Lewis and the News rules all!
Christian Bale gives an amazing performance in this social satire of the upper business class of the 80s. The movie knows when to show what needs to be seen and when to leave interpretation to the viewer, making this movie entertaining on every rewatch. Probably one of my favorite movies of all time.
"I mean, I guess I'm a pretty sick guy."
*insert joke about this being an altogether decent sequel to American Beauty here*
*insert joke about this beating Legally Blonde as the best movie wherein Reese Witherspoon breaks down in re: a break-up at a restaurant here*
I think I said "Man, rich people are fucking weird" to myself roughly 30 times while watching this. Mary Harron's American Psycho is a, uh, strange little film, to put it mildly. At times almost shockingly funny, it never seems to reside in any one particular genre. Drama? Thriller? Black Comedy? Character Study? Horror? The answer: yes.
Set in the high-paced high-stakes corporate world of Wall Street, American Psycho follows Patrick Bateman, a homicidal,…
American Psycho is a quotable masterpiece with an outstanding lead performance by Christian Bale. It is hilarious, twisted, creepy, and just awesome. I was really debating whether to give it a 4.5 or a 5 but I think I'll give it a very strong 4.5/5 stars.
This is a film that should be rewatched. And re-rewatched. It's not until the second time that you'll notice the subtle, off-dark comedy, the tastefully savage themes. By the third time, you won't want to return this tape.
Based on the 1991 Bret Easton Ellis novel of the same name, American Psycho follows Patrick Bateman (Christian Bale) as he lives a double life at the highlight of greed in America. A few buildings down, Gordon Gekko might be giving his "Greed is Good" speech while Patrick Bateman savagely murders people. That is American Psycho at its core: the juxtaposition of horror with the foreign world of capitalistic elite. This juxtaposition is what builds the themes--as Bateman begins to lose control…
American Psycho is delightfully dark and twisted, featuring an unforgettable performance from Christian Bale. It's plot is simple yet very entertaining both in it's message and it's very hilarious yet disturbingly murky sense of humour. Christian Bale is incredible as Patrick Bateman, the titular psycho. He manages to make the character appear soulless and disturbed, and it really comes across as genuine.
Overall, it's sharply written and excitingly twisted. Definitely worth watching if you have a dark sense of humour (I think it tells a lot about me that I found this film hilarious...)
Ok so this movie is not perfect but its script and depiction of psychopathy is brillant. Still my favorite Bale performance to date. Is it weird that I wish I could be as motivated as the lead is to stay fit and well presented?
Enough performance, satire, ambiguity, dark comedy and Huey Lewis all mixed together to make an endlessly enjoyable film.
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