Friday, January 6, 2012

A Dangerous Method

Michael Fassbender and Viggo Mortensen play Carl Jung and Sigmund Freud, respectively, collaborating and debating their ideas on Psychoanalysis at the top of the twentieth century.  Jung's most intriguing patient, played by Keira Knightley, suffers from hysteria, of which Jung is attempting to find the cause.

Director David Cronenberg brings us yet another thought provoking film for the art house crowd, as he's done the past six years with 'Eastern Promises' and 'The History of Violence', all starring Mortensen.  This is not a film for mainstream audiences.  There's no action and minimal plot.  But the dialogue comes fast and brilliant, the shots and locations are beautiful, and the performances are superb (although Knightley's is debatable; It's either one of the best or worst performances of the year, but she really goes for it and that certainly makes it one of the most memorable.)  For those like myself that like smart dialogue and find the topics of Psychoanalysis, sexual repression, and hysteria intriguing then this is a must see, not just once but several times.  Mainstream audiences, however, should take a pass.

Grade: A-

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