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Jake Duvall’s review published on Letterboxd:
This review may contain spoilers.
While I haven't seen this one 50 times like most of the fans of it have, I've definitely seen certain YouTube clips quite frequently. And it's no surprise as this is one of the most quotable and dark-humored films to ever exist.
Christian Bale's Patrick Bateman is the epitome of what I want to be like in the future (besides the murdering part stuff). I mean I'm a finance major, I'd love to live in New York (even better if it's the 1980's), and hell he's even the reason Huey Lewis is my favorite musician of all time. He's also shredded, which is no surprise from Bale. His monotone and lashing out at certain times really gives off the sociopathic vibes he's going for, and it's certainly believable.
The plot is super confusing, so be sure to watch an hour of theory videos afterwards. But at the end of the day, you get to choose what you believe is real, and what's in this man's head. Personally, I think it's all fake, considering the last scene, but the director once stated she didn't want people believing it, but sue me woman.
As I said previously, the music choices by Bateman are all pretty solid, along with the soundtrack overall, but nothing groundbreaking. Same with cinematography. But I do like the articulate and methodical camera shots of Bateman's rather boring routine, helping us understand him more.
To end things, I'd like to say that this film isn't one of those I drool over. It's more of a documentary over one man than it is a narrative story. It's a fun watch every year or so, but I'm not going to be one of those people who idolize this movie. So to end, I'm gonna give it a solid 5/10, I think it's quite average, but knocking some points because the movie ends on such a confusing note, it almost makes me mad.