American Psycho

American Psycho ★★★★½

It is a film I loved as a teen for all the wrong reasons and would only understand and come to fully appreciate on later more enlightened rewatches. A total masterpiece Mary Harron's exemplary execution on this film is perfection. Keeping the film firmly planted on a tightrope between mental thriller and dark comedy while showing just enough to shock without delving into cheap exploitation. If this script wasn't handled just so it could have easily come off as extremely stupid but the trifecta of writing, direction, and acting all achieve exactly what is needed to make it work.

This is what has to be Bale's best performance. He injects ample amounts of subtle creepiness and over-the-top wackiness into Patrick Bateman. Spouting monologues with reckless abandon about pop culture and yuppie disciplines that are rendered enthralling and strangely quotable. Now if you'll excuse me I have to go return some videotapes.

Absolutely recommend.

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