Bateman Begins: An American Psycho
There are a few hard audio cuts in the American Psycho footage. These are in the original and I didn’t see anything wrong with having them in there.
-Removed Willem Dafoe from American Psycho
-Re-ordered/recut some scenes from American Psycho to make the body count higher
-Removed Batman from Batman Begins
-Removed Bruce returning home from school from Batman Begins
-Removed Joe Chill subplot from Batman Begins
-Rachael and her relationship with Bruce is (almost) completely removed
-Removed all but 2 short scenes from The Dark Knight
-Removed everything from the Machinist that dealt with Trevor’s job, co-workers, the accident and Ivan
-Added some clips from Christian Bale’s rant on the set of the new Terminator to illustrate Bruce/Patrick’s inner dialogue with himself to show his growing insanity.
I think Neglify said it best when he said it would be better as a 30-40 minute short. The transitions between every scene is incredibly jarring and too noticeable to create a coherent narrative. There wasn't enough inter-cutting of the three films to create something more than just shorter versions of the original movies (American Psycho in particular). The first 15 minutes is Batman Begins, the next 50 is Psycho, and the entire third act is Machinist. The whole project really feels taped together: Every Batman scene is completely out of place and doesn't connect well with the other stories, and the audio editing during some cuts is really bad.
This edit employs a great idea, but fails in execution. Maybe if it was just Psycho and Machinist? I'm not sure, but it could have been much better.
Adabasi's mashup of Christian Bale movies is a lot more entertaining than I expected it to be. I approached it with the mindset that it would be funny, but in a dark way.
I was also surprised by how well the narrative works. It isn't perfect, of course, but just like American Psycho and The Machinist, some things are meant to be ambiguous. The audience gets to fill in certain details on their own, but the overall arc of Christian Bale's character seems pretty clear. Once I realized how his character transitioned from Bruce Wayne to Patrick Bateman, I couldn't stop laughing. It was great! And the transition to Trevor Reznik was uncomfortable and sad, which is what I think Adabasi was going for.
I thought it was very clever to include clips from the famous Christian Bale rant in the places that they were.
Overall, this was pretty enjoyable to watch while I suspended my disbelief and let my imagination run wild with it.
Thank you Adabasi for doing something so bold and creative.
I’m torn on this edit. I’ll get the obvious out of the way; old fanedit, bad tech ratings. Now the tricky part.
I knew this was going to be a goofy “what if” type story so I didn’t expect a coherent narrative that felt like a “real” movie. I enjoyed it a lot, the overall concept worked (to a degree) but the Batman angle felt totally out of place. The third act was nicely done. It would have been much more effective as a 30-40 minute short.
A/V Quality - 7
Editing - 7
Narrative - 6
Enjoyment - 8 (originals: American Psycho 10, Batman Begins 8, Machinist 9)
Recommended drink: Tequila and Mountain Dew
The technical editing on this was incredible. The audio and video flowed together very well, with no sound feedback or jarring cuts in the clips to draw attention to the fact that they didn't originally go together (with one exception, which I will address below). Technologically, this was a masterpiece.
The narrative, however, I found very weak. There were such long stretches of just "American Psycho" that I didn't feel it tied in very well with the "Batman" story. The characterization also needed to be more tightly cut; Bateman's inner monologues, such as the one about his hygiene regimen, don't really fit the Bruce Wayne-going-crazy idea, and should've been trimmed down, excised, or dubbed over with music. Alfred's appearances are so sparse and scattered that it's difficult to figure out why he's there at all. I just didn't feel like I was watching one cohesive movie. I was very conscious of the fact that I was watching a blend of three.
One audio thing I feel the need to mention was the inclusion of Christian Bale's on-set freakout from "Terminator." It was not cut in very well, and was very startling. Plus, since Christian Bale speaks with his real English accent in the freakout (which neither the Bruce or Bateman characters speak with), it took a minute to even connect that voiceover screaming to the characters on the screen.
Overall, I think that the edit shows great technological prowess, but a loose grasp of story.
I really enjoyed this one. A very interesting take on Bruce Wayne's madness. Edit did a great job of mixing parts of batman begins, american psycho, and the machinist, as well as the infamous christian bale rant audio.
My favorite part was how Patrick Bateman could not get a reservation at Dorsia, but turns out that Bruce Wayne owned the joint, purely awesome.