The Danish Girl (2015)
Critic Consensus: The Danish Girl serves as another showcase for Eddie Redmayne's talent -- and poignantly explores thought-provoking themes with a beautifully filmed biopic drama.
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Critic Reviews for The Danish Girl
Based on a novel, not a biography, is aimed at a mainstream arthouse audience... as an extraordinary love story, not a polemic on sexual politics. Read that way, it is a triumphant success.
The Danish Girl is the cinematic equivalent of a half-hearted shrug, the movie version of a really long sigh.
Being cisgender doesn't disqualify you from making a movie about transgender subjects, but maybe being incompetent should.
Although Tom Hooper's film is ostensibly about Lili Elbe (nee Einar Wegener), it's Alicia Vikander as Elbe's spouse Gerda whose star rises ever higher here.
Vikander ... brings real empathy to her role as Gerda -- a woman who supports Lili through her traumatic and painful journey.
Audience Reviews for The Danish Girl
"The Danish Girl" is a beautiful film with good intentions, but it fails to appreciate the complexity of the issues tackled. In a strangely tone-deaf approach, Einar/Lili's transgender identity is portrayed almost as a fetish -- something that emerges as the result of trying on a dress in a juvenile prank. Surely the transgender community and the audience deserve more than that hogwash! Efforts are made later in the film to make the identity issue more deep-seated, but they are meager and fail to revise the initial impression. This is a substantial failing for a film ostensibly driven by some of the primary stresses surrounding gender identity. The film gets better in the last half and winds up being quite touching once we accept there's more to it than just a cross-dressing fetish.
Despite the directorial problems, the firm has fine cinematography, costumes and sound. Vikander is wonderful, but Radmayne is too simple to convey the depth of emotions that must be antagonizing his character.
Hooper is a desperate award hunter who never takes risks even with this kind of material in his hands, trying so hard to make it all wholesome and palatable for a mainstream audience that he even includes a martyr wife who stays beside her husband till the end no matter what.
"The Danish Girl" follows Ina as he and his wife are both painters. His wife Gerta, who is much more acclaimed, is on the verge of being seen by great companies, as she deals with her husband slowly wanting to become a woman. Over the years, she drew him as a woman for her portraits, and one day it just clicked. Based on the true story, it is always hard to criticize the events, but when your film solely relies on the dramatic heft over some of the very important details, it will suffer greatly. There were many elements, mainly due to the script itself, that felt very emotionally charged with not enough explanation to make you fully understand what the characters are going through. Tom Hooper directs this film, and while he does a fantastic job and the cinematography is incredible, the substance did not pay off in the way I believe it should have. In the end, this is a very interesting true story that should have had much more dialogue to explain some of the actions of the characters. Sometimes you need to say a little more. In the end, it is a fine film with what should have been a dramatically effective ending, that I was not connected to at all, due to its odd pacing and underdeveloped story. "The Danish Girl" is really just Oscar bait, but the performances I will admit are magnificent! Well cast!
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