“Talking Cure,” A.K.A. “Soft P0rn,” A.K.A. “A Dangerous Method”
I have always disliked Keira Knightley’s acting since I first saw her in Love Actually. To me she conflates acting with sticking her chin out as forward as it can go while periodically smiling and/or wincing. Not to mention the character she portrays in Love Actually is extremely annoying, –a young beautiful white woman freshly married to a black man enjoying the attentions of the black man’s white best friend instead of telling him immediately to take a hike.
Then when Pride and Prejudice (2005) came around curiosity got the better of me and I watched that horror. Jane Austen should be rolling over in her grave at the thought of Keira Knightley thrusting out her playacting as Elizabeth Bennet. Throughout the entire movie, I was never convinced that Knightley’s Elizabeth Bennett had any prejudice whatsoever toward Mr. Darcy. Instead, she came off as a pouty brat who is pissed that he does not instantly find her engaging at the town dance.
Yet, she did the Duchess and I gave her a pass, and when I saw the PSA that she did about domestic violence I convinced myself that I mustn’t allow my prejudice toward her pullulating horrid acting form a fixed opinion. It’s hard though, dreadfully hard. Must they put her in everything? Could they at least keep her out of the period dramas and maintain her meretricious performances to romantic comedies intended for Cosmopolitan subscribers?
In my Downton Abbey post, I mentioned how Hollywood (a generic term for almost everyone making contemporary films) is determined to revise history. There seems to be something particularly sinister about revising history in film. Thus, we have Keira Knightley mucking up the Edwardian era with present day BD$M sensibilities in A Dangerous Method.
Also, why would Knightly agree to do a BD$M-type movie, after she did a PSA about domestic violence. Did the PSA make her come off too much as an unfun fun-feminist?
No doubt Knightley will be given an Oscar nod. Nothing like a woman portraying a woman who wants to be beaten and fucked at the same time.
Here is the trailer, if you can bother.