Ideas overwhelm drama in 'A Dangerous Method'
A Dangerous Method
Now showing at Rave, Quality 16, Brighton
Review by Jeff Meyers of the Metro Times
David Cronenberg goes Merchant-Ivory. Or maybe it's "Last Tango in Switzerland." While there's no denying that the Canadian auteur brings his pervy intellect to an otherwise buttoned-down costume drama about the origins of psychoanalysis, "A Dangerous Method" isn't for everyone. And especially isn't for fanboys hoping for another "Videodrome" or "ExistenZ."
Adhering to history as documented by letters and journals, Cronenberg presents a movie of ideas rather than fully formed drama, exploring the conflicting egos of friends-turned-rivals Carl Jung (Michael Fassbender) and Sigmund Freud (Viggo Mortensen). The catalyst for their professional embrace and personal rejection of each other is Sabina Spielrein (Keira Knightley), Jung's patient-turned-mistress-turned-disciple, who intellectually challenged both men before arriving at her own tragic end.
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