The Danish Girl (2015)
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This needs a positive comment so I'm going to make it. It's beautifully filmed, with constantly gorgeous framing, deals with an interesting subject matter, and has great performances. I can recognise that it has flaws - mainly in the script - but the overall impact, for me, overrides those.
The Danish Girl reveals the true story of the Wegeners, a couple of married painters who, in the early part of the 20th Century, struggled with the husband being transgender and falling into a dissociative state and creating a Lili persona who becomes the wife's model. It's directed by Oscar bait expert Tom Hooper (The King's Speech, Les Misérables) whose lens is extremely painterly - this is a gorgeous-looking film - and stars Eddie Redmayne and Alicia Vinkander, both nominated for acting awards (absurdly, Vikander is in the supporting category despite having as large a role). Obviously, Redmayne had a challenging task here, but having seen him in three recent films now, I've already spotted all his ticks and does little new for me despite the transformational nature of the role. Vikander is the one to watch and has the stronger, and more subtle character. In fact, despite the film being in part based on "Lili"'s journals, the script makes Redmayne's character single-minded almost to the point of cartoonishness, and maybe it's because journal entries have been put straight into his mouth, but the dialog he has to deliver feels over-written and cheesy. Not so the character of Gerda Wegener, whose UNDER-writtenness is basically Vikander-proof. It's all on her face if not on the page.
Alicia Vikander is my new favorite actress.
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