SADLY NO I DID NOT MEET HIM but I was in the same room and breathing the same air AND IT WAS AWESOME. I went to the 6:00 screening of A Dangerous Method and I got there way early and skulked around outside, but I didn't see any barriers or whatever, so I figured they'd go to the 8:30 show instead. And I went in and sat down and some dude did the introduction and then brought Cronenberg out, and I was like OHHH SHIT SERIOUSLY?, and then he talked briefly and he's like "so yeah, this actor guy!" and BRINGS OUT FASSY and I was like O________o and tried to just politely applaud with everyone else but inside I was just freaking the fuck out. Obvs. So then we watched the movie [more on that in a sec] and then I just awkwardly waited through the credits to see if they'd come back out, but then the announcer lady was like "no Q&A, none for Gretchen Weiners bye" and I was like :\ and I went out into the lobby and everyone was sort of still milling around, so I thought I'd just wait until the 8:30 show started just in case, and then I'm standing there and suddenly A WILD FASSY APPEARS like ten feet from me and he's just chatting with Cronenberg and I like flooooated up out of my body and veeery caaaalmly stepped over to the press photography area and took a bunch of pics and I just acted all casual and matter-of-fact but in my brain I was just seriously like AAAAAHHHHH JESUS FUCK HE IS RIGHT THERE HANDSOME SHARK MEEP MEEP MEEEEEEEEEEEP and my heart was pounding so hard I could taste it in my throat, but I am very good at faking sanity and was just acting all 'NBD, bro.' So. Yeah. He was being very cute and chatty, and talked to the press for a bit, and then his people were like OMG WE HAVE TO GO INSIIIIIDE and trying to drag him away, but a few fangirls pounced on him and he very nicely signed some autographs, but I didn't have anything to sign because I'm kinda over the autographs thing now and I just wanted to chat with him and get a pic, but he had to go into the theatre. :P BUT STILL.
He really does have that Hiddles Effect where you just cannot help but :DDDDDDDDD yourself when you see that face. I just CAN'T. ♥____♥
oh mannnnnnnn I got really close during the interview part but I couldn't say anything to him AAAARGH
So obviously I really really wanted to see this, but I admit I'm more excited for Shame and Martha Marcy May Marlene because I have a conflicted relationship with Cronenberg and I wasn't sure what light Freud & Jung were going to be presented in and...well, whatever. Anyway, it was pretty solid, but inconsistent. The tone is startlingly abrupt; it plunges right into the story and doesn't really take a lot of time introducing characters; we just see them as established, already-developed individuals. It's very unsentimental, which I think is good, to an extent--it would've been too easy to romanticize the two doctors or their friendship or the relationship between Keira's character and Jung, and I don't think it does. I thought both doctors were presented rather ambivalently; it shows their methods and personalities without quite condemning or condoning either one. It's really your choice who you like/support/care about. It felt like it was edited with a meat cleaver, though; the scenes shift very suddenly and without any lead-ins. I think that was on purpose--the more I think about it, the more it felt like 'sessions' or scheduled blocks within a story, which seems to reflect a scientific mindset, in a way. But it's quite jarring when it's like conversation, conversation, SPANKING. But I wasn't exactly opposed to that. Although I have to say, it wasn't particularly erotic. Depends what you're into, I s'pose, but the sexual scenes aren't presented in a steamy way at all, they're quite matter-of-fact. Jung and Spielrein sort of go back and forth on whether they're in love with each other or not, and I have to say I didn't feel it. They had a connection, but it didn't feel like love, and I'm not sure if that was intentional. Performance-wise, I liked everyone, but I didn't quite feel that Fassy was challenged all that much; it's a fairly restrained role and he doesn't have a lot of room to move, although he plays the subtlety well. Viggo actually isn't in it all that much, but I always liked him; I guess it would've been easy to just do a cartoon version of this super well-known guy, but he pretty much underplays it too and doesn't go for the easy approach. I think audience/critic response to Keira will be mixed--she was either scarily vulnerable or annoyingly over-the-top; I'm not sure. Her character undergoes kind of a huge transformation over the course of the story, so she has the most range of the main three, but you definitely see her acting more than with the other two. She might actually be more effective in her non-crazy scenes. The accent was just...oddly American at times, and the boys were both just sort of vaguely English, which doesn't quite make sense, but OK. And Vincent Cassel pretty much steals his scenes, although not in a huge way. So overall, interesting, competently-told story with strong acting, but it kinda leaves you out in the cold and doesn't quite let you in at any point.
...Oh, balls, that was long. ROSE IS TALKING ABOUT MOVIES AGAIN; HEAD FOR THE HILLS. P.S., it goes without saying that I am NOT done with that fool. I am getting my Moment with him, either Friday or Sunday.