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David Tennant is on pugnacious, mercurial and beady-eyed form in this very interesting and absorbing film.
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.
David Tennant's masterful portrayal of a man driven to do good, but with astonishingly little self-awareness of the chaos he leaves in his wake, is a delight to watch -- though we don't get enough context.
Mad to Be Normal is an enthralling drama about a man who was both misunderstood and misguided.
More illuminating as a character study, with the ever-charismatic Tennant showing how Laing was able to dominate those around him so easily.
Mad to Be Normal takes the life story of someone who defied norms in every aspect of his life and then squeezes said story into a traditional biopic. What should have been a film vibrating with Laing's unique energy ends up being unengaging.
Mad To Be Normal lingers well after the credits have finished rolling.
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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