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This is the movie with Michael Fassbender and Viggo Mortensen as Carl Jung and Sigmund Freud. It probably should have been called "That Movie with Michael Fassbender and Viggo Mortensen as Carl Jung and Sigmund Freud." Keira Knightly is in it, and this should matter more as the centerpiece, but mostly she was distracting; her portrayal of hysteria involves doing a damn good impression of a lantern fish and all of her sexy scenes with Fassbender brought more crazy than hot. Like literally my thought was "I know this is supposed to be a kind of romancey thing, but doc, you are not only being STUPID here, you're being all kinds of WRONG, and not even in the FUN way!"

BTW, it turns out that judicious spankings from Michael Fassbender will enable you to get a graduate degree in psychology. I am contemplating changing majors now.

At any rate, the lack of chemistry between Fassbender and Knightley, or possibly just odd direction, makes the whole thing way more dry than it should have been. Somehow I magically think that if Fassbender could have shaved off the pencil 'stache and put on his rockin' outfit from James Eyre then the sexual repression would have magically worked. So.

Basically, this is my way of telling the internet I need Charles/Erik with kinky psychiatry twist. C'mon, people, do something for me.

(Bonus points if you see what I did there. ;))


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Apr. 9th, 2012 02:36 am (UTC)
that's... unfortunate. It sounded promising too. At least now I don't have to waste the money renting it.
Apr. 9th, 2012 02:39 am (UTC)
Yeah, it was a great idea, it just didn't solidify onscreen. Actually another thought I had was if this was all done onstage as a play, it would have been AMAZING, but as a film...not so much.
Apr. 9th, 2012 05:34 pm (UTC)
My reaction exactly. *nods*
Apr. 9th, 2012 10:31 pm (UTC)
The more I think about it, the more I think, well, don't "not" see it, especially if you wanted to, just--it's not as good as it could be. And honestly, my expectations were probably unfairly high because I adore Fassbender and Mortensen, I was so excited to see Keira Knightley in a serious, meaty role (I *really* liked what she did in "The Duchess") and...yeah. No. :/
Apr. 9th, 2012 12:32 pm (UTC)
The sad part of it is, I wanted to like this movie, I really did, but you pretty much nailed all the problems with it.

Ok, now you've done it. I really need fic with Erik spanking Charles now! :D
Apr. 9th, 2012 10:32 pm (UTC)
Well at least it's not just me. ...Yay. ;)
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