A chronicle of the turbulent relationships between three of the main figures of psychoanalysis: Carl Jung, Sigmund Freud, and Sabina Spielrein. Based on the 2002 play The Talking Cure by Christopher Hampton.
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A natural progression in the remarkable career of David Cronenberg keeping to his themes of transgression, identity and the body politic. The performance he has brought out of Keira Knightly is extraordinary. Cronenberg's regular team of craftsmen are well up to the challenge here making the film a visual delight as well. Hampton's script is excellent well served by Cronenberg's exquisite direction.
Given how much Keira Knightley overacts with her lower jaw - at least early in the film - I guess we all should be thankful that Cronenberg hasn't leapt on the 3D bandwagon yet. Apart from that, a surprisingly bland effort from him this time.
I know nothing about philosophy, so the accuracy of A Dangerous Method is beyond me as far as Jung/Freud go. As just a film, it is flat, dull, and does very little to captivate the audience. Knightley has an extremely overdone performance, working harder on her underbite than making the character worth taking seriously.
What I find amazing is that Keira Knightley managed to convince so many people that she actually possesses some sort of acting ability. All I see every time she's on screen is an overacting fest. Oh well. Amazingly not even Fassbender and Mortensen do very well either in this film even though they are excellent actors. Overall I thought it was pretty bad.