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#15 American Psycho

American Psycho

Starring Christian Bale

This movie came out to pretty good reviews. As I mentioned with with American Beauty, which came out around the same time as this, I was just getting into films and I was often looking to the critics to tell me what I should like. (I’m pretty sure that’s a natural step for film lovers) I remember not getting the movie at all, but still thinking that I loved it. I guess mostly just because the critics said I should. I was only 15 at the time, so I was easily persuaded. Since the first time I know I’ve seen parts of it here and there but I think this viewing was only the 2nd time I’ve seen it in full. Now that I can think for myself, I’m a little hesitant to agree with these critics. I can see why it’s widely appreciated, but I’m not sure it works for me.

I appreciate the humor, as it quite hysterical to see the worlds biggest Huey Lewis and the News fan murder someone to Whitney Houston’s “The Greatest Love of All.” But I think the humor is it’s biggest problem. Patrick Bateman seemed like a cartoon character to me. I very much enjoy the horror genre and I feel like there is so much more to a person who has the need to kill. SPOILER ALERT! – Even if it’s just all in his head, there is still a reason his subconscious is creating this murderous rampage. People always say, and I agree, that ambiguity is always great at the end of a movie. However, you still have to narrow it down to something we can grasp to. There are a million reasons why he created this sociopath in his head but the viewers have not a clue in which way they could look to find their answer. Ambiguity in movies should not only be “what happened?” but “why did it happen that way?” This movie was basically created because it had shock value. My one sentence review: A man savagely murders people for no reason and then realizes he didn’t. END SPOILER.

I feel that Christian Bale did a fantastic job at being this monster. But it was the directors fault to make him lack so much motivation. In the end I feel that the character didn’t get anything out of his journey. And neither did I.



-This movie actually had a great cast but most were unfortunately not utilized well. Reese Witherspoon, Justin Theroux, Chloe Sevigny, Jared Leto, and William Defoe were all wasted.

-It begins to create a semi-interesting story with the murder investigation and then immediately drops it. Even with the ending the way it is, the investigation could have brought out some method to the madness.

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