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American Psycho is a cult movie based on the much controversial novel by Brett Easton Ellis. Directed by Mary Harron, it is a dark comedy and a clever satire of America in the 1980’s that artfully connects conformity, materialism, misogyny, narcissism, classism and superficiality.
If you are a movie connoisseur and enjoy well directed stories, you should definitely not miss American Psycho. But this movie is a bit difficult to assimilate as it is hard on your guts and your mind due to the obvious violence and gore, it is not for everyone, but definitely is a work of art!
The opening credits are very artsy and one of the finest examples of cinematography I’ve ever seen. The cranberry juice is very easily mistaken as drops of blood falling which is a very subtle imagery evoking sinister abstractions. The attention to detail is almost impeccable, from the dressing styles, the music culture, architecture, gadgets, the landscape, interior decorations & design, to the movie texture.
There is a deep character study of Patrick Bateman, who is a suave yuppie working at Wall Street. This wealthy 27 year old working as Vice President in Pierce & Pierce becomes a psycho killer by evening. The character is portrayed by the flamboyant welsh actor Christian Bale whose performance was nothing less than chilling and sensational. Bale did a great job to bring out the split personality of Bateman.
Bateman has many unusual traits. He is an attention-to-detail freak. During his elaborate morning routine, he even mentions why he doesn’t use aftershave with little or no alcohol. Why? “Because alcohol makes your skin dry and makes you look older”. He is the epitome of narcissism which is why he HAS to look good and have the perfect body. He even video tapes his sexual escapades. His laconic manner of dialogues goes to suggest typical psychopathic behaviour.
There is a sever depersonalization and identity crisis depicted in the movie where Bateman desperately tries to stand out.

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