Director: Mary Harron
I’ve always had this strange obsession with crime and serial killers. I know that probably makes me sound super weird but it’s always fascinated me – the things people do and why they do them. Actually, I’m starting to sound a little bit like Patrick Bateman, with my serial killer interests. Don’t worry though, I’m not totally insane (I can’t even chop up an onion without it making me cry, hehe.)
I came across American Psycho a couple of years ago when looking through the horror film section. I’d heard about the film but not really much about it, the synopsis sounded right up my street though. I saw it had Christian Bale and Jared Leto in it and I was sold. A film about a wealthy investment banker who is also a serial killer? What more could you, I mean I, want…
I loved the film, but the book more. There are some scenes in the book that have been left out of the movie, probably to ensure that the film could be released to the general public. There is undoubtedly more description in the books which is great, but the film benefits from being able to put all of the book’s events into a visual format.
Mary Harron and Guinevere Turner have managed to incorporate the dark humour excellently, providing clever, witty and sombre screenplay. They have managed to show tension in the comparing of business cards, making it seem like it is a matter of life or death. American Psycho is fast paced and visually fascinating. It makes you almost want to see who Bateman is going to kill next.
The creation of the Bateman character by Bale is superb, with him even managing to convey narcissism through the accent he puts on. He’s slick, suave and sophisticated and Bale makes a pretty badass yuppie, even if at times you are made to be a little weary of him. Whether it is watching Patrick Bateman’s beauty regime, or his dropping of a chainsaw down the stairs to kill a woman, Bale is pretty convincing. I could see no other person taking the role. I love Leonardo DiCaprio but I’m glad it was never him.
It has been flying around that there is going to be an American Psycho remake, I really don’t want this to happen, if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. And to me, it ain’t broke.