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A Dangerous Method

by on March 28, 2012
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“A Dangerous Method” is the insightful and educational look into the feud between Sigmund Freud and Carl Jung and the resulting birth of psychoanalysis. The movie is definitely an insightful view into the minds of two of history’s most brilliant men.

The movie itself has many different subtexts, but the most interesting story is the relationship between Freud (Viggo Mortensen) and Jung (Michael Fassbender). Jung himself was a brilliant man and a huge admirer of Freud. He looked up to Freud and his work but, buried deep down, harbored distrust in Freud’s work and his inability to adapt. If only this movie was shown in Psychology 101, I might have paid more attention.

Fassbender and Mortensen are both brilliant in their respective roles, especially Fassbender. He is quickly establishing himself in Hollywood and for good reason. He brings a great intelligence to the character while also having a hidden sadness.  Mortensen is quite respectable as Freud and demands attention when given screen time.  Some of the best moments of the movie are when these two powerhouses square off.

Much of the movie is about the relationship between Jung and his patient Sabina Speilrein (Keira Knightley) as they become entangled in a dangerous affair. Knightley does an amazing job playing a very disturbed and broken woman.  Her mannerisms are quite impressive.

If you’re a history buff or a fan of psychology, then give “A Dangerous Method” a chance. It is a dark story of obsession, betrayal and resentment.

The DVD release does have a few special features to wet your whistle including: “The Making of ‘A Dangerous Method’,” AFI’s Harold Lloyd Master Seminar with director David Cronenberg and a commentary with Cronenberg.

Film: 3.5 Yaps
Extras: 3 Yaps