Wednesday, 1 February 2012
A Dangerous Method 
David Cronenberg has travelled a long way over the course of his eventful career – from shocking body horror and grotesque sexual imagery to the movies he’s been making in the last few years, which, in comparison, appear almost mainstream on account of their restraint and understated natures. A Dangerous Method, in which he’s chronicled the complex and deteriorating relationship between two legendary figures of 20th century – Sigmund Freud (Viggo Mortensen), father of psychoanalysis, and Carl Jung (Michael Fassbender), father of analytical psychology and a disciple of the former during his earlier days. To complicate matters further, the presence of the Russian-Jewish lady Sabrina Spielrein (Keira Knightley), initially a patient of Jung but later goes on to become a psychoanalyst herself, creates an uneasy and turbulent psychological triangle of sorts between them. The film is extremely verbose in nature thus necessitating undivided attention from the viewers; further most sequences that had dramatic potential have been deliberately underplayed in order to ensure that its darker themes remain well below the surface during the better parts of its length – these two facets have made this quite a different experience for Cronenberg aficionados. The fact that mental degeneration and sexual deviation formed two core themes of this film would perhaps be the sole redeeming qualities for those who still equate the Canadian filmmaker with his earlier works. These apart, the simmering tension and dynamics between the two scientific giants have been very well captured, thanks in large parts to the exceptionally assured and quietly powerful turns by Mortensen and Fassbender, the matured and cerebral treatment, and the layered script.
Director: David Cronenberg
Genre: Drama/Psychological Drama/Biopic