“American Psycho” Review

17 December, 2016

Year of Release: 2000
Director: Mary Harron
Screenwriters: Mary Harron, Guinevere Turner
Director of Photography: Andrzej Sekula
Cast: Christian Bale, Jared Leto, Reese Witherspoon

Synopsis: A wealthy banker who works for an investment firm on Wall Street discovers a way to live out his darkest fantasies after he becomes indistinguishable from his other colleagues.


American Psycho Review:

Caked in glorious satire, “American Psycho” sees Christian Bale adopt the finesse of the most talented of method actors as he takes on the iconic role of narcissistic yuppie Patrick Bateman who lives in a world of luxury and lunacy. Although overtly condescending and vain in his daily life, Bateman is a far worse character than his outer appearance suggests and he’s consumed by a level of cynicism that devours his thoughts and poisons his soul as he obsesses over his own materialism while also detesting almost everything in existence.

As the film’s array of wealthy characters preoccupy themselves with superficiality and splurging, they fail to notice anything beyond surface images. Where Bateman’s colleagues note the smooth, unblemished face of a wealthy investment banker we, as viewers, are given a map to the truth in a perspective that reveals the blood-soaked, uncombed features of a madman who will do anything to appease his sick, psychopathic desires.

“American Psycho” captures the ebb and flow of rage, allowing Bateman to purge during momentary bouts of ultraviolence yet always leaving the reality of his actions somewhat open to interpretation. The film asks us to consider whether the madness is only behind Bateman’s eyes or whether it’s hidden, gored and mutilated, behind an array of perfectly pressed suits in a Manhattan apartment building. In many ways, “American Psycho” is a satire of murder itself, touching on dark themes while allowing viewers to laugh, even when a man is violently slicing a colleague’s head open with an axe.

 

   

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