It's hard to fully explain how amazing and downright brilliant American Psycho
is. This is an example of what it truly means to "hit one out of the ballpark."
isn't your typical "psychotic killer, blood, guts and gore" film... not by a long shot. It's a psychological whirlwind of demented escapades into the mind of someone who is truly psychotic. A film which keeps you constantly second-guessing your original suspicions of what exactly is going on and then blind-sides you with an ending so spectacular it will do one of two things:
1. Force you to watch it again 5 minutes after completing it. Perhaps again after the second run, for good measure.
you feel you're smart enough to figure it out on your own and skip the above option, the second option will be your fate.
Until you decide to watch it again, you'll be haunted by your urge to understand exactly what was going on throughout the film. You will wake up in night-sweats, shaking in the corner of your bedroom with your wife staring at you with perplexed confusion. You will be unable to focus at work, telling everyone you're feeling the side-effects of the medication for the herpes. When you're porkin' your wife up against the Maytag washer/dryer combo (with variable steam settings... that was a deal) you'll be picturing your wife as each of the prostitutes through the film, hoping to find some clues there. But you won't. The longer you wait to watch it again the closer and closer you will come to becoming what Patrick Bateman is
... a 100% psychotic nutbar.
Christian Bale is a fucking genius. After seeing this performance back in 2000, I became convinced he is one of the best actors on the planet. His portrayal of the lass-than-sane Patrick Bateman is literally flawless. There is absolutely nothing he could've done to make it any better. His ability to take a character and make it twice as good as any other actor could is a testament to his brilliance. Take Batman Begins
, for example. Who would've thought the Batman
films could be resurrected after the previous terrible nightmares they were dishing out? Not I. But Christian Bale brought the character of Batman back in a way that has never been done before. He made Batman one of the most badass muther fuckers in the history of comic book film adaptions again. He did the same with American Psycho
... without the superhero persona. As a matter of fact, his character Patrick Bateman is the exact opposite of Batman. An immoral, murderous, womanizing asshole with a complete lack of touch with reality. I love it.
There are many other famous actors such as Chloë Sevigny, Willem Dafoe, Josh Lucas, Justin Theroux and Reese Witherspoon who were all fantastic but there was one actor I wish they didn't cast... Jared Leto. I can't stand that guy! He's a pretty-boy asshole who is a dick in real life. I've never met him personally, but my ex-girlfriend knew him and thought he was a complete weirdo. I've also seen a couple of his interviews... dumbass! He's the only flaw in casting.
The comedy aspect of American Psycho
must be noted. If you like black humor, you'll end up bowing to the screen like Wayne and Garth in Wayne's World
by the end. Patrick Bateman has a talent of bringing up facts about serial killers such as Ed Gein and Ted Bundy at the most random times. The tone of voice he uses while telling people such morbid things is downright hilarious! The black comedy assaults you through the entire film. Your stomach will hurt from laughing.
If you haven't seen American Psycho
, you are missing a masterpiece that only comes around once every 10 years. It's a film which could cause a dedicated horror fan to be offended if it was discovered you didn't have it in your collection. So I suggest avoiding the possibility of offending your fellow horror gluttons and add American Psycho
to your library of the macabre... now.
I've added a music video below. It's by a band from Belgium called Aborted
. The track is called Dead Wreckoning
. They've sprinkled audio clips from American Psycho
throughout the video. It rocks.