A Dangerous Method

Sado-masochism fails to liven up this historical drama

a dangerous method film Review

An insight into the relationship between Carl Jung, Sigmund Freud and previous patient Sabina Spielrein as they experiment with psychoanalysis.

There was a lot of buzz about this film before it hit the cinemas, mainly thanks to Keira Knightley revealing during the promotional rounds that she had to sink a few vodka shots to get through the sex scenes…

Unfortunately, the product doesn’t quite live up to the hype. Michael Fassbender and Viggo Mortensen are good as Jung and Freud respectively, but it takes at least half an hour to get used to Knightley’s painful Russian accent and even more painful over-acting.

The parts which deal with the psychology are interesting, but rarely more than superficial, and the film tries to cover too long a period of time. It’s slow-moving, uneven, and in more than one part, just boring.

Interesting subject matter, but sadly wasted.