This is why it will be a hit
- Cronenberg is on a roll. Leaving surrealism behind he’s ventured onto a path of psychological thriller than no other director (except maybe Fincher and Aronofsky) can compete on. From Crash to EXistenZ to Spider to A History Violence to Eastern Promises, he’s gotten better with each film.
- Mortensen and Cronenberg got it going on. They seem to inspire eachother, and in A Dangerous Method, Viggo really seems to be the driving force, playing the stoic Freud complementing Fassbender’s more dynamic and exuberant Jung.
- Vincent Cassel always pulls these amazing performances out of nowehere, especially when cast as foil.
This is why it could bomb
- Keira ‘Pouty McKinghtley’ Knightley. In a trend of mediocredly talented beautiful young women, Knightley tends to play her characters to the extreme, rarely with success. She’s got a dire habit of doing this shivering in pain/anquish/lust thing that really annoys me (you can see it on four different occasions in the trailer …) and makes her seem overtly dramatic.
- Chris Hampton. Admittedly, he’s very skilled at the dreaded adaptation of surprise hit novels, but works on a ‘hit or miss’ basis. But having seen what he did with Atonement, I wouldn’t be that worried.
- The expectations are high. There’s a lot of Oscar buzz, both for Cronenberg (who gets very little recognition ever) and for the male leads, Mortensen and Fassbender. If they don’t deliver those performances people are expecting it can be a dissapointment on that part. (This is very unlikely to happen considering Mortensen’s dedication and Fassbender’s raw talent.)
Release dates yet to be determined. What do you think? Oscar bait?