A Dangerous Method
Based on the true story of Jung, Freud and the patient who came between them.
Viggo Mortensen and Michael Fassbender star in director David Cronenberg's adaptation of Christopher Hampton's play detailing the deteriorating relationship between Sigmund Freud and Carl Jung. The year is 1904. Carl Jung (Fassbender), a disciple of Sigmund Freud (Mortensen), is using Freudian techniques to treat Russian-Jewish psychiatric patient Sabina Spielrein (Keira Knightley) at Burgh”lzli Mental Hospital. But the deeper Jung's relationship with Spielrein grows, the further the burgeoning psychiatrist and his highly respected mentor drift apart. As Jung struggles to help his patient overcome some pressing paternal issues, disturbed patient Otto Gross (Vincent Cassel) sets out to test the boundaries of the doctor's professional resolve.
Michael Fassbender spanking Keira Knightley. Cronenberg knows what his fans want.
Part of the December Project: Film #44
It's far from the boring drudge I had been led to believe it would be, but it still falters on a dramatic level, and is very tame for Cronenberg standards.
The problem with A Dangerous Method isn't Cronenberg's restraint, as many people would believe. In fact, the film's restraint is its biggest strength, as it details the clinical nature of the characters. Instead, it is the very fact that the film just doesn't seem brave enough to become dramatically engaging.
This is a shame because the subject matter here is actually VERY interesting, or at least to me. A look at the birth of early psychology and the dichotomy between the school of…
Keira Knightley is fantastic in this. The rest of you mooks are just dumb if you think she isn't.
Throughout his career, Cronenberg has shown an interest in science and sex and those individuals that push the boundaries of both. It is for this reason that A Dangerous Method seems ideal material for him. Yet there is a disappointing restraint here (how different this story could have been if he had made it in the ‘80s) and worse than that, a stilted lecture on psychology.
The main element that will divide audiences is undoubtedly Keira Knightley’s hysterical performance. Ignoring her less than stellar Russian accent it is her excessive twitchy mannerisms that could well be a film ruiner for many. However, I rather enjoyed her performance as it provides a good counterweight to the reserved and intellectual sparring of…
Well....when this movie was about to enter theaters I was eagerly awaiting its arrival. Having just seen Eastern Promises when this film came out I had big expectations for another Cronenberg-Mortensen-Cassel collaboration...plus, this one had Fassbender to top it all off.
I watched this as part of my Michael Fassbender marathon and, unfortunately, was left fairly disappointed.
Fassbender, Mortensen, and Cassel delivered great performances, as expected. Cassel is so good at playing the disturbed "bad guy" who always seems to cross the line. Mortensen, as the grizzly, stubborn Freud, and Fassbender as the troubled opposition who wants to shake things up were their typical stellar selves.
Kiera Knightely, however, absolutely ruined this film for me. Her Russian accent was absolutely…
A Dangerous Method is interesting with fine performances from Fassbender, Knightley, and Mortensen but I doubt I'd watch it again. It's a see it once kind if film in my opinion.
A most enjoyable drama which slightly reminded me of the the book by Sebastion Faulks; Human Traces although it has nothing to do with it apart from the subject matter.
No for Keira Knightley. I think she was horrible in this movie, bad acting. She totaly doesn't convince me to her character.
And the movie is realy directed by D. Cronenberg? Hard to believe. Boring movie resue duet Morgenstern - Fassbender
interesting, would have enjoyed more psychology and a little less drama.
I couldn't stand Knightleys character.
I may have had extremely high expectations for this, and maybe because it didn’t exceed those expectations, I feel a little empty now. I couldn’t help but look past the whole “it’s based on a play” argument, but there was just way, WAY too much dialogue, and it wasn’t even that engaging. I’m a psych student, this should have more than captivated me.
The cinematography is a little uneven. The use of double focus (is that what it’s called) in almost every scene looked really bad at times. Other times it worked. What I mean is that they would focus the person in the foreground, have the midground out of focus and focus the person in the background.…
Boy, let's start with Keira Knightley. Wow, what an impressive performance. The best i've seen her in so far. See this what frustrates me about her, she tends to be lazy in pretty bad roles most of the time, she has the talent and even the looks (she's good-looking enough) to become a really good actress whenever she picks these types of roles same with Atonement & a couple others. Anyways, Michael Fassbender is already one of my favorite actors working today and here he's great. He's already on a rise to becoming one of Hollywood's very best actors. Viggo Mortensen (another one of my favorite actors) is just terrific as the famous Dr. Sigmund Freud. David Cronenberg delivers a nice little film boasted performances from the three leads.
¨Experiences like this, however painful, unnecessary and inevitable, without them, how can we know life? ¨
David Cronenberg`s A Dangerous Method was one of my most anticipated films of 2011 for several reasons: First of all I loved Cronenberg and Viggo Mortensen`s first two collaborations together in A History of Violence and Eastern Promises. Those two films were among my favorite when they were released. Mortensen has always worked really well with Cronenberg and I had high expectations for his role as Sigmund Freud in this film. Add Micheal Fassbender, who has turned everything he touches into gold this year; to the mix and you have yourself one of the most anticipated films of the year. I was really looking…
@Camdun_Roar: This amazing cast is placed in a cluttered and unfocused story. One of the biggest disappointments of the year. 5/10
Viggo Mortensen is brilliant in this one.