Sunday, January 15, 2012

A dangerous method.

Dangerous indeed - for my work on the Game of the Year post this year seems... utterly exhaustive. It took me hours just to find the header images, and I've been plucking away at the post itself for the past three or four days.

Now, I find myself within striking distance of finishing it. Maybe six paragraphs to go - but I'm afraid I have company, and she is in dire need of snuggles. I'll work on it tomorrow.

In the mean time...

Kayla and I saw A Dangerous Method, tonight. I was rather interested in seeing a movie about Carl Jung and Sigmund Freud, played by Michael Fassbender and Viggo Mortensen, respectively. If you want to see a movie about Carl Jung and Sigmund Freud starring Fassbender Mortensen, this is without question the best there is - but there's a monkey in the wrench.

I spent like, every scene she was in wishing someone else had played Keria Knightley's character. For a supremely good-looking person, she's absolutely tedious to watch, when compared to Mortensen and Fassbender.

There's one scene, for example, when Knightley's mentally damaged ingenue is framed, front-and-center. She takes up 30% of the screen, and is in sharp focus. Behind her, to her right and slightly out-of-focus, sits Fassbender - and I spent the whole scene watching his blurry ass try to react with a semblance of realism to her silly, jaw-jutting ridiculousness.

I know some critics are saying this role is Knightley amazing us all with what a remarkably good actress she is, but man, I don't see it.

Knightly's presence aside, A Dangerous Method is an interesting look at the strained relationship between Jung and Freud during the birth of the very idea of psychology. It's a little dry, and doesn't delve too deeply into either character - I would have enjoyed more exploration of Jung's unusual childhood exploits, for example - but still, it was an infinitely better night at the movies than Mission Impossible 4.

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