Monday, 15 February 2016

Movie Review: American Psycho (2000)

There’s a list of films that I have been recommended ad nauseam but haven’t had the chance to watch. Christian Bales’ American Psycho was one of those films, until tonight. While browsing on the film side of YouTube, I stumbled onto a well-known scene from the movie where the characters are presenting their business card to each other. 

This immediately caught my attention, particularly Christian Bales’ inner monologue in that scene. This scene alone sold me.

 “Patrick Bateman is handsome, well educated and intelligent. He is twenty-seven and living his own American dream. He works by day on Wall Street, earning a fortune to complement the one he was born with. At night he descends into madness, as he experiments with fear and violence.” – IMDB

The synopsis doesn’t do the film justice. This definitely is one of those films that require a little more time to digest than most commercial movies.  Patrick Bateman played by Christian Bale high profile businessman that works at Wall Street. The film follows this man as his ever-growing hunger for murder increases. The subtle behavioural choices made by every actor are fascinating to see and the writing as well as the directing seems flawless.

Surprisingly this film is marketed as a dark comedy; though I would say this film is definitely more dark than comedic. Narration in the movie is done so well that it never comes off as unneeded.

This is one of those films you can completely break down and write a complete essay on. I can’t push this film enough, if you haven’t seen this film then please give it a try. You most definitely will not be disappointed.


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