March 23, 2011

American Psycho (2000)



"A wealthy New York investment banking executive hides his alternate psychopathic ego from his co-workers and friends as he escalates deeper into his illogical, gratuitous fantasies."

Since I'm pretty sure that everybody has already seen "American Psycho" dozens of times, I'm not actually going to waste my time writing a review of the movie itself. We all know what it's about, what happens and how ambiguous it all is.

I just rewatched the "Uncut Version" DVD with Mary Harron's director's commentary on and it was that which interested me the most. I learnt a lot from it including how I'd never even thought about the fact that "American Psycho" was filmed as a period piece and didn't know that most of the scenes were filmed in Toronto not New York.

I hardly ever go through the director's commentaries or special features on a DVD but this time I did mainly because it was another totally unexpected snow day and I didn't have anything better to do. Some of the little featurettes on the DVD could have been better including the ones with the girl singer from a band that I've never heard of who wouldn't remove her sunglasses for some reason and there was a least one occasion where "American Psycho" was spelled wrongly as a caption. The typo "pyscho" is pretty common but you would have thought that whoever put the DVD together would have caught it.

Anyway, I just thought that I'd better write something to prove that I'm still alive and watching horror movies even if it is just "American Psycho" yet again. It's not my favourite film but I do think that it's Christian Bale's finest performance. I still like all the horror elements though I'm not entirely sure that the whole thing isn't just a comedy really.

It also dawned on me that I've never actually read the supposedly controversial novel of "American Psycho" and I still have no desire to. As a movie, "American Psycho" is pretty much perfect as it is. I don't see any need for yet another remake or even trying to imagine it being done any other way. I'm sure that one day some bright spark will try to do it again with a much bigger budget and a ton of arty-fartiness thrown in for good measure and it will suck even more than "American Psycho 2" which I have the misfortune of owning a copy of.

Is "American Psycho" your favourite film? What do you think of it? Is it really horror? Let me know in the comments below.

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