September 21, 2012

A Dangerous Method (2011)

Keira Knightly, Viggo Mortensen, Michael Fassbender

Ahhh... another Michael Fassbender movie involving inappropriate sexual themes. Then again, in a movie with Freud, how could there not be? Maybe I'm uncomfortable with it because of my deeply repressed feelings of childhood experiences? (If you don't get this joke, please just reading now. This is not the movie for you.)

So in case you don't know the premise of the movie, it shows the beginnings of psychiatry with the relationship between Carl Jung, Sigmund Freud, and Sabina Spielrein (yeah, I've never heard of that last person either, but apparently she's well known in the psychiatry world). The movie is informative and full of intellectual discussion, which makes it a better candidate for a textbook or at least a slightly dry biography instead of a major motion picture. 

On the plus side, Keira Knightly's Russian accent is passable and she does a pretty convincing job of acting like a mental patient. Considering the vast majority of her work is playing characters in classic novels (her upcoming Anna Karenina is no exception), it's nice to see her finally attempt something else. I mean, I appreciate when an actor can really excel at a certain part, but it's kind of like, will we ever see Steve Buscemi in a role where he isn't the weird, crazy guy? Sure, he's ugly, but he has such potential! At least he can act!

Final word: It was like sitting through a two hour psychology lecture, except with more nudity.

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