12. A Dangerous Method (B-)
A Dangerous Method
: I'm rather fond of David Cronenberg's work, but this film doesn't quite hit the mark. It never quite figures out what its about. Is this a movie about Jung's affair with a patient? Is it about the relationship between Freud and Jung, is origins and is eventual decline? Is it a movie about the formation of psychoanalysis? At times, it appears the movie wants to be one or all of these things, but it never achieves those ambitions. Despite being top-billed, Keira Knightley is the least convincing actor in the movie (she's just about the only one attempting a foreign accent, and it's never very successful), and her relationship with Jung is never as interesting as the relationship between Jung and Freud. Indeed, the movie is at its best when Viggo Mortensen and Michael Fassbender are together on screen, debating with one another about various topics.
It's not an unwatchable film, but it is a missed opportunity, especially when Cronenberg's talents are considered.
Theatres: 4 +1
Home Video: 7 +1