American Psycho (2000): Individuality through Conformity [Thematic Analysis]

Based on a 1991 novel by Bret Easton Ellis, American Psycho is perhaps one of this century’s greatest dark comedies. Directed by Mary Harron and starring Christian Bale as Patrick Bateman, a 27-year-old Wall Street businessman, there is so much more to this film than meets the eye. In this video essay, Cinema Tyler invites us to appreciate the subtle techniques Harron uses to communicate the deeper themes of the story.




Character Studies

Willem Dafoe

Black Comedy

Slasher Horror

Mary Harron

American Psycho