The Danish Girl
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1. I have rarely been so conflicted about a movie as I am about this one.
2. If I had to describe the actual movie in one word, it would be "exquisite". If I had eight more words, they would be "one of the best movies of the year". But if I had ten more words, they would be "why did they change so much of the real story?"
3. The movie is a pseudo-biography of Lili Elbe, one of the first known transgender women to undergo sex reassignment surgery. And that's exactly the problem - it is a pseudo-biography. The movie is not based on Lili's journals or the couple's real story - it's based on a fiction book about Lili.
4. The plot is about two married painters, Gerda and Einar Wegener, in 1920's Copenhagen. A series of small, random events slowly leads Einar to realize that he is really a woman. This challenges everything the two of them know.
5. The movie is amazingly well-balanced in its treatment of the subject of transgender identity. It stays true to what being transgender means, but also respectfully portrays the realistic difficulties that people in the transgender person's life grapple with. Even the people that try to "fix" Lili are not portrayed as villains, just ignorant of a complicated reality.
6. I have come to the conclusion that Eddie Redmayne is one of the best actors on the planet. Not only did he give the best performance of 2014 in "The Theory of Everything" (he's actually the only reason to watch that movie), he gives the best performance of 2015 in this movie. I understand the criticism that maybe they should have cast an actual transgender woman in the role of Einar/Lili, but I'm not sure I agree with that.Read more ›
From the moment Eddie Redmayne was confirmed to play Lili Elbe, the first recipient of sexual reassignment surgery, the calls have been out there for him to earn his second Best Actor victory. And that may be the case as he's once again terrifically genuine and subtle, especially opposite Alicia Vikander who is gaining similar notices for her work as Elbe's incredibly devoted wife. If only the screenplay by Lucinda Coxon, adapting the book by David Ebershoff, was half as courageous but instead it goes with the safest possible route.
The 1920s-set story begins with famous landscape artist Einar Wegener (Redmayne), who shared an idyllic life and marriage in Copenhagen with wife, Gerda (Vikander), an aspiring artist of her own. She's more interested in painting portraits, but when she can't find a model for a particular piece she turns to Einar to model as a woman. The sensation in his eyes upon feeling the soft touch of female garments is like an awakening of the spirit. Something inside him has been unleashed and can't be bottled back up.Read more ›
Eddie Redmayne has a fan for life in me. Seriously, is there anything he cannot do? I thought that Alicia Vikander was going to be crushed by Eddie's performance but she floored me. She was the heart and soul of this movie and should have been nominated for Best Actress, not Supporting Actress. After seeing her in Ex Machina I knew she was something special...seeing her in this, I will seek out her films in the future as I do for a handful of others that have captivated me cinematically over the years.
While this film is a departure from the actual true story of Einar/Lili and Gerda, the manner in which the events were told still captivated me. To see what it was like for someone to realize their body was wrong. To have a loved one try to understand, while feeling guilt, anguish, pain and yet still be supportive. The way the doctors treated people who felt different or expressed something that wasn't a vanilla life was all very unsettling. People want to say this is LGBT propaganda. Get over it. Seriously. LGBT people are still being committed in places, like America, for being "different".Read more ›
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Beautiful telling of a gripping, poignant, true story. I was a bit nervous about the subject and am so glad we went for it.Published 12 hours ago by Buddy2shop
Really enjoyed this film. Opened my eyes to a different perspective.Published 13 hours ago by Amazon Customer
Very good - I don't want to give any spoilers but definitely worth the watch. Eddie Redmayne is amazing!Published 1 day ago by C. Munoz
I had an idea of what the subject matter of this movie was about prior to seeing it and knew, vaguely, that it was loosely based on a real person. Read morePublished 2 days ago by Fabulinus