American Psycho Reviews
The film revolves around strong themes of materialism, narcissism and mental illness, showing them in a well paced and stylish way, creating very dark humour throughout. It also perfectly depicts a culture where greed and success are everything, showing the implications of such pressures through Patrick Bateman's mental state.
The film is driven by the ego of the main character and ultimately its his downfall as a result of this ego, that brings his sanity into question. This change in character, from focused to helpless, makes American Psycho so impressive. Bale is fantastic, giving a chilling and powerful performance that sticks in the memory.
What I loved about this film was the very clever and though-provoking ambiguous ending. It leaves things up to interpretation and as a result it forces you to consider what has happened in the film prior.
Second Viewing: After reading the book and then re-watching the film, I must say the film is a bit lacking when it comes to certain details. I liked Bale's performance less, and the movie's only real shining moments are cohesively putting events if a less scattershot way like in the book. The movie also has a better ending.