Did you love or loath the book?As you know 'American Psycho' is Brett Easton Ellis' tour-de-force. Why is it a modern classic? Well there are two reasons: Its extreme graphic violence , and its biting satire of '80's culture. The violence, got it noticed and talked about, then the people saw the satire in the pages.
Now whether you like the book or not is irrelevent here. The film is different.. in my mind better. The reasoning is plain and simple, everything is implied, a totally differant tactic to the book. the book relied on heavy descriptions about every aspect of the violence committed. The film, if it had that violence, would never be released and it would have ruined any satire it was trying to put accross. So the violence here is mostly offscreen and in my books, that is more effective.
It all centralises arount Patrick Bateman, a wall street geek, a man obsessed by his physic with a need to be the best. And he's a psychopathic serial killer.
There is no story really to speak of. Most questions raised are never answered. Basically because the book is written in diary format. People come into this story and never re-appear (Willem Defoe as the cop for example)
It is really a series of scenes, that intrigued me and made me laugh. Patrick Bateman killing a colleague with an axe along to 'Its hip to be Square' by Huey Lewis is great.
Complete with voiceovers about Witney Huston, Genesis etc..
Here for once I am glad there is no plot. It is really done as a character study with a lot of black comedy. Nothing like motives, background etc.. is given about Bateman, which makes the character more unpredicatable.
The acting in this film is good. But taking the crown is Christian Bale as Patrick Batemen. He brings this previously unimaginable character to life, and makes him possible the best killer inmovie history. He isn't intelligent, he's not supernatural, he's got no reasons.
Also a thing Im glad that is left in the film from the book, is the whole feeling of 'is this real?'. You will never know.
See it. It ain't hollywood (which is good). It isn't the best film ever made, but it's better than most... It has its flaws, The script is occasionalyy staid and disjointed, some of the acting is plain bad. But it is part of the film.
Again see it, and make Brian De Palma weep about making Mission to Mars (Tim Robbins Dies in it)And just remember 'THIS IS NO EXIT'