Saturday, July 14, 2007

American Psycho

American Psycho (2000)

Director: Mary Harron

Starring: Christian Bale, Reese Witherspoon, Samantha Mathis, and Willem Defoe

Description: Patrick Bateman is handsome, well educated and intelligent. He is twenty-seven and living his own American dream. He works by day on Wall Street, earning a fortune to complement the one he was born with. At night he descends into madness, as he experiments with fear and violence.

Review: I think I enjoyed this movie way too much. It is quiete disturbing and yet I laughed so hard. I guess it was the social commentary on the times (80's). It was amusing to look at what was deemed more important (materialistic needs over morality). The absolute star of the show was Christian Bale. He did such an outstanding job. This movie is not for everyone. It is quite graphic and violent. If you can get over that aspect, I highly recommend seeing it.

Score: 4.5 out of 5

Book Connections: The book was originally to have been published by Simon & Schuster in March 1991, but the company withdrew from the project due to the novel's content. Vintage Books purchased the rights to the novel and published an edited version of Ellis' original manuscript. Some say the book was not changed all that much, while others have contended that the version that is in circulation today is significantly toned down from Ellis' original work. Feminist activist Gloria Steinem was among those opposed to the release of Ellis' book because of its portrayal of violence towards women. Steinem is also the stepmother of Christian Bale, who portrayed Bateman in the film adaptation of the novel. This irony is mentioned in Ellis's mock memoir Lunar Park.

American Psycho by Bret Easton Ellis (1991)

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