#156 – AMERICAN PSYCHO (2000)

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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.

9 thoughts on “#156 – AMERICAN PSYCHO (2000)

  1. I read the book when it came out, and didn’t expect the film to capture the mood of it at all. But thanks to Bale, it did. He made the character come to life on screen exactly as I had imagined him when reading. Not an easy feat. Perhaps not a genre classic, but a very good effort indeed.
    Thanks for the follow. Very best wishes, Pete.

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    1. Yes, that’s exactly what I thought when I was reading the book (which I thoroughly enjoyed). Bale was fantastic in the film. Yes, not a genre classic, I agree with you on that.
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  2. I saw American Psycho the weekend it was released and was blown away. Read the book a year later and really liked it, but didn’t respond to it as much as the movie. What a cast, and Christian Bale really became Patrick Bateman. I read somewhere that Mary Harron believes Bateman committed all those murders, but I still think it was all in his head. In many ways that makes him just as much of a psycho, since he’s fantasizing about it and could one day act on those impulses. What are your thoughts on that?

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    1. I think I know the one you are on about. I believe there is no doubt about whether or not he is a psycho, he definitely is. On committing the murders though? I, like you feel that it was all in his head. He could commit those murders, especially with such dark thoughts, but as it is, to me all they are are thoughts. There are a few times throughout the novel and movie that makes me question whether or not he did it. When Bateman visits the apartment and nothing is mentioned of the bodies that he supposedly killed previously, that stands out for me. So it’s simple things like that that make me wonder…

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