A Dangerous Method

November 18, 2012 at 12:38 pm | Posted in 2011 | Leave a comment

◊ ◊ ½

Freud and Jung battle it out for supremacy in the burgeoning field of psychoanalysis.   Freud says it is all about sex, Jung is skeptical, even while he is sleeping with one of his patients.  Based on a (I’m not sure how) true story, this film felt more like a homework assignment than a piece of art or entertainment.  All three leads play their roles well enough.  The ubiquitous Michael Fassbender (as Jung) and Cronenburg’s muse, Viggo Mortensen, as Freud got through the paces as well as one might expect from two good actors but without any passion or illumination.  Keira Knightley, who plays the patient, is the only one worth watching.  Her over-the-top performance is in stark contrast to theirs.  Whether it is an accurate depiction of Sabina Spielrein or not I cannot say, but it was the only thing that kept me interested.

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