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A provocative historical fiction about the early days of psychoanalysis, A Dangerous Method is buoyed by terrific performances by Michael Fassbender, Keira Knightley, and Viggo Mortensen.
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It makes for an absorbing drama and leaves the mustiness of cigars in the theatre.
Cronenberg has created a drama of male hysterics with no interest in diagnosing their own condition - perhaps the career of each is a continuous, elaborate symptom.
Knightley gives a fair performance but lumbers herself with a distracting accent, and her gurning in the early scenes may be too much for some to bear.
The true story is extraordinary; the film is not, although the actors are all fine.
Like psychoanalysis, "A Dangerous Method" takes its time as it circles an opening to unexplored depths.
A Dangerous Method is a suave chamber piece: a series of glimpses of two 20th-century intellectual titans, in friendship and separation, and the story of a remarkable woman who history had swallowed up, brought into the light again.
More likely, most audiences will come away having had the good time that comes from a piece that is erudite, truthful and dark -- and funny because of all of these things.
David Cronenberg has made a very good movie about the intellectual relationship between Carl Jung and Sigmund Freud. But he could have made a great one.
Given time to immerse itself in your subconscious, A Dangerous Method will no doubt linger with you like an uncomfortable presence in the recesses of your memory.
For anyone who loves Cronenberg's work, or meaty historical drama, A Dangerous Method is a treat.
The contrast between the characters... is very rich, both in the dialogues and in the attitudes. [Full review in Spanish]
The film shocks with its sheer stateliness, its almost quiet abstraction of tumultuous melodrama.
It is a pity to see this compelling subject told in such a simplistic and bureaucratic way, and so the three characters and their motivations are not really well developed, even if the actors do their best. Besides, the constant skips in time contribute to make the story less fluid.
I decided to check this out when the professor mentioned this movie in a lecture for my class on European mysticism and psychoanalysis. Keira Knightley's most impressive performance yet. The relationship between the three is depicted with delicious tension, intellectual sparring and a fated tragicness. I appreciated that the filmmakers leaned towards more academic accuracy than cheap melodrama.
The only unconvincing part of the story was that Jung's penchant for mysticism didn't seem to colour his interactions or behaviour in the first half of the film, but then abruptly emerged in his conversations with Freud. Despite this minor quibble, I enjoyed this and it helped establish an atmosphere for my class readings.
I'm with those who felt indifferent to this. Nothing awful to hate, but nothing to think wow, great movie. One off view was more than enough for me.
Keira's acting is maybe slightly overdone at the beginning. I do like her, but not so much in this role.
Overall movie is a little dry and dull for my taste the.
The acting is above average, but not great. Even if the story is true, it's still uninspiring -- and frankly, I was bored. The costumes, hair and lighting were all high-quality.
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