Being played by Christian Bale in peak physical shape and with an exquisite wardrobe to match certainly can’t hurt.
Bale plays Patrick Bateman, the main character and narrator of Mary Harron’s adaptation of Bret Easton Ellis’s notorious novel.
Instead of being a cardboard stereotype, Derek is frightening because of his plausibility.
He articulates his racist viewpoints throughout the black-and-white section with horrifying intensity and sincerity, his intelligence unmistakable as he backs up his arguments with concrete examples.
He is, after all, subsisting on a steady diet of booze, hookers, and assorted drugs, so anything is possible.What follows is a countdown that will chronicle twenty-five of the most interesting, well-developed antiheroes in film history.They are not all good people, and some are just plain BAD, but one could not accurately term any of them villains.He is no sociopath, however, which the film makes abundantly clear in its present-day storyline.That he is able to reflect on his ways and so drastically change is immensely moving, though the scars his past actions have wrought and the ripple effect they continue to have are not so easily erased.
The very structure of dramatic storytelling, dating all the way back to Aristotle, consists of certain rules and expectations to which we’ve all become accustomed.