Friday, May 8, 2009

American Psycho (2000)

The gross mismarketing of this brilliant film led many genre fanatics astray, portraying it as just another cheap slasher. Really, American Psycho accentuates Ellis' smart and biting social commentary with the added effect of Christian Bale in his single greatest and most defining role. Humor has never been darker; Horror has never been smarter. The plot follows an 80s yuppie suffocated by the burden of status and surface level humanity, whose calm demeanor begins to snap as his psychotic inner being struggles to differentiate itself in a society where one is only defined by the material. The film is left intentionally ambiguous as to whether or not Bateman is slowly losing his sanity or actually murdering those around him, which leaves much to be interpreted and begs revisiting. Many of the strengths of the film lie in the details, like Bale's subtle nuances, and small but clever set pieces and props that accentuate the theme. American Psycho will have a lasting effect on the genre and film in general, and is a work that is sure to inspire many thesis papers and film studies.

Rating: 10/10.



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5 comments:

  1. i love the book. i reread it almost every other year. the movie is great too. it's quietly so funny in a lot of parts too.

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  2. I'm madly in love with this film. I'm glad you liked it.

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  3. The book is equally amazing, Ive just always had a pension for the visual, but thankfully Bale was able to realize the character to near perfection! I totally get the quiet humor comment, me and the wife were just laughing yesterday because we noticed the meticulous tape job used on the newspaper for the first time yesterday. I really need to reread the novel, and Ive been meaning to read the Dexter series since I have a man crush on him too.

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  4. Love the film and I'd love to read the book sometime. Admittedly, the mismarketing got me when it was first released. I was expecting a slasher and was too young (13) to appreciate the film at the time. Now, I think it's brilliant.

    Bale is amazing and very attractive, despite his pyschosis.

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  5. All my coworkers hated this film and recommended me NOT to watch it, sure enough I did and I simply loved it, although ashamed to say, I didn't get the "ambiguity" idea, I truly thought Bateman was a killer and got away with it, (one of his victims was ALWAYS confused with him, why be the case different at the end?)them when I realized the "big twist" I loved more for totally catch me off-gard... Although I still have to read the book.

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