A Dangerous Method – Movie Review

Canadian director David Cronenberg has long been known for his horror and psychological thriller movies, so it was a huge surprise when he announced that he was adapting the 2002 stage play The Talking Cure into a feature film.  It’s a true story based on the relationship between Carl Jung and Sigmund Freud, and how a young woman strains it.

Sabina Spielrein (Keira Knightley) is a beautiful but troubled young girl who finds herself becoming a patient of  Carl Jung (Michael Fassbender).  As he uses different methods to try and get to the heart of her problem Dr. Jung finds himself drawn to her, and eventually decides to first use her as his assistant, and then becomes her lover even though he is married.  Sigmund Freud (Viggo Mortensen) is at first his mentor, but as differences between their methods become more obvious their relationship gets strained and they end up disliking each other.

A Dangerous Method is unfortunately a very slow and often boring movie.  Whereas the acting is noteworthy, the story itself is not.  It’s like reading a psychology textbook at times, and you may find yourself wanting to take a nap.  Many of Cronenberg’s die hard fans may find it to be a disappointment considering its differences from his other body of works, and it really doesn’t become as controversial as his previous movies.

A Dangerous Method was one of the more anticipated movies of the fall, but unfortunately it just falls flat.  Even with great acting, a movie really isn’t considered a must see if the story fails it.

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