A Dangerous Method

Review: A Dangerous Method

30 Apr 12

A Dangerous Method: A Disappointing Movie

David Cronenberg, undoubtedly one of the most provocative film makers (Videodrome, Naked Lunch and Crash instantly come to mind), comes up surprisingly short in hitting the mark here.

The idea of sexual repression serves as a narrative backbone. The turbulent relationships between Sigmund Freud (Mortensen) Carl Jung (Fassbender) and Sabina Spielrein (Knightley) are presented but are unfortunately inaccessible to the audience.

I, a Cronenberg fan, was excited for this given the material. Cronenberg has demonstrated a knack for examining the concept of mind against body (Scanners, The Fly, Dead Ringers) yet A Dangerous Method proves to be, for lack of a better term, repressed. It is repressed in its own narrative structure where the intellectual ramblings between Freud and Jung sadly do not provide an insight to their personalities. It is a case of the professor is on show but not "the man". As for Knightley, her performance verges almost on the unbearable. This is unfortunate because you can really tell she's giving it her all which makes it even more disappointing.

I wanted to be educated by this film. I wanted to be shocked by this film. I wanted this film to provoke questions. But in the end, I was found wanting.