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A Dangerous Method – review

A Dangerous Method

A Dangerous Method begins as a cross between David Lynch’s The Elephant Man, and Francois Truffaut’s The Wild Child with a little bit of Jules and Jim as a kicker.  We listen to a lot of conversation between Jung and Freud as they contemplate life and psychoanalyze the different phases one goes through in their lives all while smoking really cool looking pipes. 

Michael Fassbender (Inglorious Basterds) stars as Carl Jung.  Viggo Mortenson plays Sigmund Freud,  and Keira Knightley plays Sabina, a very troubled woman who enlists the help of Jung as a therapist.  I’m not really sure what her problem is but she screams and cries a lot and makes faces like an ape.  And did I mention she screams and cries a lot?  I mean…a lot.

Sabina turns out to be quite intelligent herself, and strives for a career in therapy as well, after Jung supposedly cures her.  She believes Jung can help her on this path, and also help her to have a deeper understanding of the sexual urges and perversions of the human mind.  Her specialty.  Jung then enters into a deep and illicit relationship with Sabina.  Soon he realizes that she’s bat shit crazy and tries to get rid of her, enlisting the help of Freud.  She may be crazy, but she may actually be on to something as well, which keeps Jung glued to her.

The film attempts to understand the birth of psychoanalysis through the relationship of two of its pioneers, Freud and Jung.  There’s a lot of nonsense mumbo-jumbo between them, as Sabina just causes a bunch of problems.  So many problems in fact that she gave me a splitting headache here in the 21st century.

I love David Cronenberg, and he’s known for making intelligent, subversive films that can make you quite uncomfortable at times, but really make you think (see A History of Violence, Dead Ringers).  When he’s on he’s dead on, but when he’s off (like he is here) he becomes confusing and boring.  The film looks great, and there are some interesting concepts at play here, but not enough to save the film in the least. This may be an interesting tale about two very interesting men, but this is not the most interesting way to tell it.

Grade:  C-