Watched Mar 19, 2012
Alicia Petersen’s review:
I have been waiting for this film for months and I’m glad to say that the anticipation hasn’t left me disappointed. It is a very intriguing film with wonderful performances from it’s cast.
I was a little dubious at first with Keira Knightly’s acting. It initially came across as melodramatic, particularly in contrast to Michael Fassbender’s Jung, but as the film went on I felt she improved and found myself more impressed by her performance. It’s not a role I’ve ever seen from her before, it was a very brave step to take and bearing that in mind makes it all the more impressive.
Of course Michael Fassbender was good, he seems to be able to do no wrong at the moment, and Viggo as ever was wonderful. I’m particularly impressed by his portrayal of Freud. He played him almost exactly how I imagine him to be. Not as crazy as I think he probably was - but he had the egotistical & obsessive side down perfectly.
As a film about psychoanalysis, it of course had a lot of psychology jargon but I feel it only added to the film. I didn’t find myself losing track or getting bored, despite how long it seemed at parts.
One little thing maybe was that it seemed to lose momentum towards the end. As the story went on and there characters relationships changed the film seemed to lose the intensity it initially had, but it didn’t ruin the film overall.
After seeing it I am now all the more confused as to how it got snubbed a nomination at ever major awards show. If not for the story, directing or performances, for the cinematography, costume or score at least - which were all just beautiful. It’s a shame.
In all, it is a pretty great film and I’d recommend watching it. Particularly if you have an interest in psychology or Freud, but neither are necessary - I myself am not a fan of any of Freud’s theories. It is just a well put together & performed film.
I now also really need to see more of Cronenberg’s films - like all of them.