Mad to Be Normal (2018)
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Mad to Be Normal boils a fascinating subject down into a slightly clunky, simplistic bio-drama.
Tennant's performance is strong, and he gives energy to a script that jolts in different directions looking for focus.
A thought provoking biopicture focusing on the countercultural life and work of the controversial Scottish psychiatrist R. D. Laing.
It's fascinating and particularly well cast but, despite Tennant's watchable efforts, the decision to concentrate on the Kingsley Hall years rather than more of Laing's life proves a frustrating one.
David Tennant [plays the role] with conviction and a nice Glaswegian drawl, but the film is a dodgy business that makes things up -- including a pregnant girlfriend (Elisabeth Moss) -- for no good reason.
There's plenty of jazzy paisley shirts, flamboyant velvet suits and on-the-nose music cues to denote its psychedelic 1960s setting, but these elements do little to soften Laing's eye-raisingly invasive and possibly inappropriate approach to his patients.
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