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!