Excuse my ignorance, STP?
This is pretty common for people who don't actually remember the eighties first hand. The novel is a shallow, vacuous and soulless shit-heap, which I guess it has to be to be a relevant cristicism of the decade, but boy it makes for a tough read. The film, I think, is too much fun, it loses a lot of the banality that makes the novel such an edifying drag.
I don't think the film works as a criticism of the eighties, it's a bit too nostalgic, and not really how I remember them.
The music back then was still fucking awesome though.
I have to say for those exact reasons I love the movie and find the book to be so-so. The movie is a lot of fun, and condenses all the hilarious lines and scenes from the book into an enjoyable form. With the book I couldn't really stomach the endless descriptions of Phil Collins and other eighties artists, and the excruciating detail with which he described his outfits and shopping habits, which as you point out is part of the point. Unfortunately I feel when the author goes as far as to make the actual writing style (which reflects the narrator, Bateman) totally lifeless, it tells the message at the expense of readability.
Having said that, the book delivers the message that Bateman is actually a massive loser quite well, while I feel the movie doesn't manage the same thing. As much as everyone around him refers to him as a loser (even his buddies rank his business card as the worst amongst them), the film ends up blurring that message with all the 'desirable' things he does. Hitting clubs, having expensive things, eating nice meals, banging chicks - it's all meant to be vacuous, but it ends up being a long advertisement for why you'd want to be a banker. In reality you're probably just doing really long hours before munting out in a brothel in the early hours of Saturday, before bumping line to get you back to work at 9am.
I think it's an entertaining story, I really like the movie and the scenes in it. I find Patrick's character very interesting.
Fair call. Have a read of the book if you haven't already. It makes for a fairly different take on the story, while still maintaining some of the funny bits (and more gory bits).
White for me.
Anyone bought any MJ Bale t-shirts? Are the white ones see-through (nipplez)?
Thanks dude, hectic read.
What I wore today.