I suspect there's not going to be a lot of middle ground when
it comes to talking about this film. There are who that find
nothing redeeming in, claiming it's nothing but a lot of
unconnected violent episodes. And it's true, there is a certain
amount of violence involved, some physical, much of it implied.
Now if you don't like kind of thing, and you find yourself about
to watch it, then start with this germ of an idea, it will see
you through to the end credits: It's political allegory.
|The real American Psycho.
From the Official Web Site
No, really. It is. The main character represents the United
States -- strong, well-dressed, superficial. He buys what he is
sold, treats pop culture with the academic rigor usually reserved
for Chaucer. When asked how the world could be improved, words
like "human rights", "women's rights", and
"affordable housing" shoot off his tongue with barely a
synapse firing, but it's all so much chin music. When confronted
with an actual street person, he makes no attempt to hide his
contempt and disgust. That's America, isn't it?
He's unstoppable. He does whatever he wants, and others may
put up feeble protests, but in a practical sense, there's just no
stopping him. Are there any police the story? Not a one.
The USA has allegedly separated church and state (Right? Right?),
and so who is it that our hero confesses to at the end of the
film? His rabbi or priest? No -- his lawyer.
You can take this as far you have patience. I did it for a
whole night and had the most delightful time doing it. You could
also go see watch Christian Bale do a fabulous bit of work.
So yeah, I had a good time at this.
Psycho (Official Web Site)
American Psycho (IMDB)
the book by Bret Ellis (Random House)
Christian Bale's Web Site
(A bit self-aggrandizing)