Wednesday, 24 September 2014

American Psycho

American Psycho is a psychological thriller based on a novel story. It's a good film to watch. The story doesn't have anything unique to say but the act is hilariously comical. 

There is a piece of dialogue which I found amusing in particular because of the eggcorns involved:

When in a club Bateman is talking to a girl, conversation runs like this:

Patrick Bateman: Ask me a question.

Club Patron: So, what do you do?


Patrick Bateman: I'm into, uh, well, murders and executions, mostly.

Club Patron: Do you like it?

Patrick Bateman: Well, it depends. Why?

Club Patron: Well, most guys I know who are in Mergers and Acquisitions really don't like it. 


The lead is played by Christian Bale. He has done a marvelous job as a psychopath  in the movie. Whether the protagonist is a serial killer or not remains open to interpretation at the end of the film. Christian Bale made his act equally funny and eerie at the same time. 



The protagonist is named Patrick Bateman--not only does the name 'Bateman' sounds similar to Norman Bates(remember Bate's motel?) but also Bale looks pretty similar to the protagonist of Hitchcock's classic Psycho. Bale has done a great attempt to bring eerie element of Psycho in this movie--unpredictability and restlessness of the character are so palpable that they create a tension in the viewer.


The movie seems to become open to interpretation after the scene when Bateman shots the police car and sets it on fire just with a couple of bullets. Also his killing more than a dozen of people with in a short period of time at public places and then getting away with it unnoticed even the day after tends to hint in the same direction.


I read that Christian Bale was suggested to not to take this role as it was considered to be  equal to committing suicide--but that became the very reason why he chose to take it. Hats off to Bale--I think he is a great performer and that is why he is favorite of Christopher Nolan's cast along with Michael Caine. In between movies The Machinist  and Batman Begins(if I recall well) he had to almost transform himself physically from a skinny clad to a muscular hunk in a matter of just few months! He works really hard for his roles and gets into the skin of his characters.


This movie is not a great movie but it's a good entertainer if you like to watch psychological thrillers. It pays tribute to Texas Chainsaw Massacre and Psycho in more than one scenes.

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