Marking the third collaboration between Viggo Mortensen and David Cronenberg, A Dangerous Method details the relationship between Sigmund Freud (Mortensen) and Carl Jung (Michael Fassbender), depicting the difficulties this friendship undergoes when Jung treats Sabrina Spielrein (Keira Knightley), a woman struggling with a mental illness.
Tackling a fascinating subject, Cronenberg’s film fills me with much anticipation: Mortensen has been especially wonderful under the direction of Cronenberg, and Fassbender appears to be the perfect choice for Jung, his past performances are hugely impressive.
It is Knightley’s casting that concerns me, never having handled a truly complex role, can she depict such a performance? Whilst more than adept in more light-hearted fare, such as her Oscar nominated performance in Joe Wright’s Pride and Prejudice, the complicated nature of Sabrina Spielrein may, unfortunately, be beyond her capabilities. I can only hope that Knightley can rise to the challenge, A Dangerous Method could be a truly great film.