Cert: 15 Runtime: 119 mins Director: Tom Hooper Cast: Eddie Redmayne, Alicia Vikander, Amber Heard, Matthias Schoenarets and Ben Wishaw
I love you, because you are the only person who made sense of me. And made me, possible
Well here we are 2016, deep into award season now we have a lot of films to watch people. If you are a reader of my page I am not the biggest Redmayne fan. But we must watch what we must watch. The Danish Girl is his latest film collaborating with Tom Hooper again, but co-starring the lovely and talented Alicia Vikander. Mixing all this combined we have an award ceremony push here. So what is The Danish Girl about? In 1920s Copenhagen, bohemian artist Gerda Wegener (Alicia Vikander) asks her husband Einar (Eddie Redmayne) to stand in for an absent female model. The experience of putting on women’s clothes fulfils something deep within him, and Gerda’s portraits quickly become a sensation among the unwitting public. With his wife’s support and encouragement, Einar creates a female persona called Lili Elbe and begins living as a woman. But the couple’s lives become complicated when Lili attracts male attention and Einar realises that he needs to take things further.
First of all I do like Tom Hooper’s style of film-making everything is very bright and vivid. But underneath all the joy of the canvas there is a dark soul to the films always. But The Danish Girl is you generic biopic for awards season. Don’t get me wrong the concept of the film is more intriguing then the finished product. For me it’s very similar to The Theory of Everything in that matter, the execution fails it. Eddie Redmayne gave an OK performance I do feel like he is the poor man’s Daniel Day Lewis. Obviously he is makes a very convincing woman, but I just don’t feel like I can connect with him or the character. No doubt he will get nominations for this role but there is no way he will win. Alicia Vikander on the other hand gave a stellar performance, she really was the find of 2015 and she will continue to go strong. I fell like you could connect with Vikander much more, even her tears seemed believable. The Danish Girl has very bad pacing issues and there doesn’t seem to be much of a flow to the film. But I would implore anyone to watch The Danish Girl purely for Alicia Vikander’s performance. Let’s hope this award season gets better!