AMERICAN PSYCHO (18)
D: Mary Harron
Lionsgate/Muse (Edward R. Pressman, Chris Hanley,
Christian Hanley Solomon)
USA/Canada 🇺🇸🇨🇦 2000
W: Mary Harron & Guinevere Turner [based on the novel
by Brett Easton Ellis]
DP: Andrzej Sekula
Ed: Andrew Marcus
Mus: John Cale
PD: Gideon Ponte
Christian Bale (Patrick Bateman), Willem Dafoe
(Donald Kimball), Jared Leto (Paul Allen), Reese Witherspoon (Evelyn Williams), Samantha Mathis (Courtney Rawlinson), Chloe Sevigny (Jean)
It's usually advisory that films and their original source
material are considered on their own merits, but when it comes to works like American Psycho, it's practically impossible not to compare.
This adaptation of Brett Easton Ellis' cult novel loses
much of the sadistic black humour which made it a compelling read but doesn't do a bad job bringing to screen what must have been a difficult book to adapt due to its violent content, some of
which just wouldn't have been able to film simply because it was too far over the line of bad taste.
Christian Bale is fantastic as Patrick Bateman, a
successful Wall Street broker who descends into psychosis as a result of his unhealthy obsessions.
A satire on consumerism, greed and promiscuity which
shouldn't be taken altogether too seriously. The whole thing is the sick fantasy of a madman.