Tuesday, June 21, 2011

A Dangerous Method: the All-Star Triple Threat

I absolutely HAD to write a post about my excitement for the upcoming movie, A Dangerous Method. It really has nothing to do with literature, but I am a girl of many interests and psychology just so happens to be one of them. This past year I took AP Psych and was absolutely blown away by all the wonders of the mind and human emotion. The class ended up being one of my favorites and almost drove me to want to change my minor in college.

However, let’s get back to the point at hand and let me give you the backstory to why I’m so very excited about this movie. It’s rather funny how different interests can sometimes interconnect. My intense love for Jane Eyre drove me to rush to see Cary Fukunaga’s adaption, which I ended up (of course) loving. I especially seemed to love the man playing Rochester, Michael Fassbender. As a result I watched a few of his other movies and became an avid fan of his, which thus led me to follow him closely.

Lo and behold, Michael Fassbender is now going to star in the upcoming movie, A Dangerous Method, alongside Keira Knightley (another favorite of mine) AND Viggo Mortenson (Yet ANOTHER favorite).  And he’s playing none other than the famous psychologist, Carl Jung. Isn’t it funny how life works?

A Dangerous Method apparently draws to light the love triangle between Carl Jung, Sigmund Freud, and Sabina Spielrein during the early 1900s. Sigmund Freud (Viggo Mortenson) is the pioneering psychoanalyst who takes aspiring psychologist Carl Jung (Fassbender) under his wing. Carl delves into studying the world of the subconscious and thus takes a troubled Russian patient by the name of Sabina Spielrein (Keira Knightley). While successfully treating her, the married Jung begins an affair with Spielrein. This causes tension between the student and the teacher, who also seems to have feelings for her. The film follows the deterioration of the relationship between Freud and Jung while also exploring the dangers of innate human desires.

This movie is bound to be in talks for a few Academy Awards. It’s supposedly being released during the awards season and this is one cast that is sure to turn heads. Knightley sports a new Russian accent for yet another period film to add to her portfolio. Perhaps this may be the one to win her an Oscar? Viggo Mortenson is probably sure to turn in a solid (and as usual, an underrated) performance as the Austrian pioneer of psychology. As for Michael Fassbender, his fame continues to grow in the U.S as a result of the well-received X-men: First Class. He was a brilliant actor before then (I would suggest that you all see him in Andrea Arnold’s Fish Tank and he was a knockout in Steve McQueen’s Hunger) and I’m sure that his performance will not disappoint.

*sigh*…How much better can life get? Jane Eyre is arriving on DVD in less than two months, Andrea Arnold’s Wuthering Heights is just around the corner, Joe Wright is developing an all-star cast for the new Anna Karenina, and NOW my favorite actors are all joining forces to star in a new psychological drama/romance. A girl could die of happiness!


  1. Haha, indeed you do seem very excited. Nothing to do but sit back and anticipate with pleasure I guess ;) Personally I can't wait for Wuthering Heights - didn't love the novel but it did stir quite a strong reaction from me. Just interested to see how the present cast handle it.

  2. Oooh, that sounds like an interesting movie. I too have a big interest in psychology! :) Not keen on Mortensen or Knightley, but more the topic ... and Fassbender. Thanks for telling about this film, hadn't heard about it before.

    Kinda looking forward to the new WH as well, but while I thought the book was better than any of the adaptations I've seen so far, it's still ... miserable and depressing WH. ;)

  3. Yup, Emily Bronte sure knows how to bring people down from cloud 9 as quickly as possible.

  4. @Lady Disdain: Yes, there's definitely a lot to look forward to. I'm excited to see what Andrea Arnold is doin with Wuthering Heights, and the anticipation is killing me because there's not a lot of information on it.

    @Traxy: Wuthering Heights is rather depressing, but something about it still appeals to me. As for A Dangerous Method; it's not often that you see a lot of movies centering on psychology, and the fact that Fassbender is going to the lead in one of them makes it all the more exciting!

  5. I had such a hard time watching Fish Tank. Fassbender was great and so was the girl but the film itself was so relentlessly harsh I kept wincing at everything expecting the worst. It's true 'reality' made me want to go and just be nice to someone afterwards.

  6. Yes, Fish Tank was VERY harsh. But what I loved about it was that it was actually very realistic, which is what makes it even more creepy. Fassbender's performance could easily be underrated, but I though he did a truly amazing job with the role (as he seems to be doing in all his roles). He has delivered GREAT performance in some pretty big films, and he only seems to be getting better. That's exactly why I'm excited to see him tackle this role.