by Caitlin Murphy
Mortensen, a recent usual suspect in Cronenberg’s work, is both subdued and grand as Freud (if this seems a bit of unlikely casting, by the way, the role was originally meant for Christopher Waltz, who apparently dropped out for Carnage). And though I’m actually new to Fassbender’s career, there is clear reason why his star is so quickly rising. The chemistry between the two men is palpable. You sense that beneath the characters of Freud and Jung, who have much to say to each other (13 hours worth on first meeting apparently) are two actors who have much to say to each other as well. Having quite prepared myself to dislike Knightley (mostly through witnessing her previous work), I was rather surprised by her performance. Though some might argue she is ‘over the top’, I’m guessing that ‘over-the-topness’ is indeed a symptom of that pesky hysteria; and though I wasn’t completely sold on her performance, I wasn’t totally tossed out by it either.