A great 2020s pandemic movie: deeply exploitative, disgusting, tasteless and concerning, but very entertaining to watch unfold. It’s not just what you see that makes your skin crawl, it’s what people say. To think that someone wrote this and then actors actually delivered certain lines is sick in itself, so it’s a big cringey salute from me.
Like a collection of proverbs mashed into each other, which many may view as a great thing, but it sort of made me check out. Also like The Green Knight in its inscrutable antiquated methods of storytelling, brought to life with the same level of hallucinatory verve. The aggressive colouring and unreliable desert geography gave me shades of El Topo’s barren wasteland of raw id and emotion, and that’s where I vibed hardest. But that’s all this was to me: a vibe that came and went. See you in your next one, Wong.
Me: Do you like Mary Harron’s adaptation of Bret Easton Ellis’ American Psycho?
Snooty Film Analyst: It’s OK.
Me: 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…