American Psycho

American Psycho ★★★★½

Not Another 30 Day Film Challenge: Day Three, A Film by a Female Director.

I have to return some videotapes.

I like to dissect girls. Did you know I'm utterly insane?

Honestly, I don't think that anyone could have filled the role of Patrick Bateman nearly as well as Christian Bale did. Maybe that's why making a sequel with a girl as the psycho (directed by a man and starring Mila freaking Kunis, no less) was such a terrible idea. Making a nonlinear sequel to a movie that's already based on a book is a terrible idea. Thankfully, I haven't watched that garbage as of writing this review, and hopefully I will never be tempted to take a look at it. I would hate for my favorite critique of the upper class in America to get desecrated.

It actually seems so fitting that American Psycho was directed by a woman. I believe that if a man had directed it, the film wouldn't have been so critical, seeing how its main antihero is a man. He is portrayed as a sex fiend and porn addict. He likes to watch lesbian porn for no discernible reason other than to observe, as if it were any given blockbuster or art house film. He enjoys fancy dinners with other high-class businessman and exchanging gloating remarks about each other's business cards, and frequently fantasizing about explicitly describing to them ways that he wants to kill them.

But Patrick has a much darker secret. He frequently enjoys going out in the night and dispatching random civilians. Namely, homeless people whom others will not remember once the body is discovered. During one of the many expensive dinners he attends, Patrick becomes jealous of fellow businessman Paul Allen's (Jared Leto) business card. He believes that Paul's card is far superior to his, and instantly becomes embarrassed. In a fit of psychotic rage, he plots to invite Paul over, get him drunk, and then proceeds to murder him in an infamous scene which has been parodied by Weird Al Yankovic and Huey Lewis.

Soon, the police descend upon the murder scene, which obviously has cleverly been transferred to somewhere other than Bateman's apartment. The burning question in our minds: how did he get the body out without anyone seeing him? No major spoilers will be released here, but the story has a few shocking twists that will leave you perplexed by the time the conclusion comes around.

I instantly fell in love with American Psycho when I first watched it. The film as a whole is simply so colorful, and Christian Bale, pre-Batman, simply shines in his role as Bateman. He brings a feeling of complete and utter lunacy to the main character, and his performance is what really makes the entire film so memorable. This is one of Bale's finest performances, and one of my favorite crime films of all time.

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