The Danish Girl (2015)

” I’ve only liked a handful of people in my life, and you’ve been two of them.”

After reading the book of the same name by David Ebershoff, I was extremely excited to see the film adaptation of The Danish Girl.  A Tom Hooper-Eddie Redmayne period piece collaboration had so much potential, especially with a subject matter so relevant in this day and age.  It did not, however, meet any of my very high expectations.

The acting was probably the best part.  Eddie Redmayne delivered another wonderful performance to add to his growing body of diverse work.  It was solid acting, but he failed to bring any emotion outside of the screen and didn’t, in my opinion, connect with the audience.  While my heart did ache for Lili/Einar, I never felt connected to the character on any deep level.   Alicia Vikander’s performance was strong and beautiful.  She played the role of Einar’s wife wife well and you could really feel the pain and the struggle she was going through.

The overall production design was good; the sets, costumes and cinematography were all beautiful and visually pleasing.

The story of the first transgender woman, Lili Elbe, is such an important story; one that is so relevant to the world today, and should be told.  This film could have been powerful; moving and emotional, but it didn’t deliver.  There were parts that were slow and there should have been some connection with the characters and story after two hours, but it just wasn’t executed right.  Whether a result of Hooper’s directing, the script or the acting, The Danish Girl left me feeling disappointed and as though something big was missing.

The film did receive four Oscar nominations for the upcoming Academy Awards, and though this wasn’t the best movie I’ve ever seen they were merited.  Tom Hooper is a superb director; Eddie Redmayne a superb actor (along with Alicia Vikander) and The Danish Girl, an imperfect movie that does have its flaws, is a quality film worth seeing.

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/10



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