I stumbled upon this movie by accident. It has a 7.0 rating on IMDb and features Keira Knightley, Michael Fassbender and Aragorn. Because it’s a costume drama, I didn’t really feel the urge to watch it. I decided to watch it with the gf, girls generally like that sort of stuff.
The story itself is about Carl Jung (Fassbender), a student of Freud’s then-new psycho-analytic-theory, not about Freud as the synopsis on IMDb suggested. Ah well, Fassbender get´s a new patient, Keira Knightley. Keira is, in this movie, sometimes brilliant, sometimes ridiculous. At one moment she acts like a spastic patient, the next moment she is perfectly fine. Either I don’t get crazy people and she does, which means I’m wrong and she is a great actor, or she is just nothing more than a pretty face – which I expected after the (first) Pirates-trilogy. The thick and very fake Russian accent she uses doesn’t help much either.
The upside about Keira’s performance is that you get to see her boobs. Multiple times. Yay for boobs. Never full frontal though, but there is some nipple action guys!
Fassbender is sometimes hard to understand if he murmurs something very quietly. Perhaps, in a movie-theater, with the sound on max level, I would have understood him. At other times, he just speaks too fast, which makes it impossible to follow. Being both German and English, he puts together a good accent, which is, when he speaks normally, pleasantly to hear.
Aragorn, however, steals the show with his portrayal of Sigmund Freud. The movie itself takes place over the course of about 6-8 years, in which you clearly see the aging progress of Freud. Not only on the outside, but also on the inside. Who knew that Aragorn could portray someone so civil, so unlike himself? I propose the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor goes to Aragorn. He deserves it.
I didn’t really like the movie entirely, but it did shed a light on the emerging psycho-therapy during the early 20th century. If you don’t have anything better to do, or your girlfriend demands to see a movie, show this to her. It will shut her up for about two hours. Plus, there’s boobs. Everybody happy.