|THE DANISH GIRL (director: Tom Hooper; screenwriters: Lucinda Coxon/from the novel by David Ebershoff; cinematographer: Danny Cohen; editor: Melanie Oliver; music: Alexandre Desplat; cast: Eddie Redmayne (Einar Wegener/LiliElbe), Alicia Vikander (Gerda Wegener), Ben Whishaw (Henrik), Sebastian Koch (Warnekros), Amber Heard (Ulla), Matthias Schoenaerts (Hans Axgil); Runtime: 120; MPAA Rating: R; producer: Anne Harrison/Tom Hooper/ Gail Mutrux; Focus; 2015-U.K.-Germany-U.S.))|
|"That Redmayne is
so incredibly good in his role makes things
credible and watchable."
by Dennis Schwartz
production biopic drama about a transgender
protagonist that amazingly sparks no controversy in
today's more open-minded world. Oscar-winning Brit
director Tom Hooper ("Red Dust"/"The King's
tastefully directs it as an unusual real-life love
story about a pair of Danish artists in 1926. Their
love story is a groundbreaking
transgender one, as the attractive beginner artist
Lili Elbe (Alicia Vikander,
Swedish actress) stands by her famous effete
landscape artist husband Einar Wegener (Eddie Redmayne)
after he poses for her portrait painting in woman's
clothes (in stockings and
high heels) and feels so good about it he
transitions to live the rest of his life as a woman
named Lili. What the once popular couple must now
face is the jeers from Danish society. They soon
move to the more liberal climate of Paris, where
Gerda's career takes off. While the couple's
marriage evolves, it also comes under great strain.
But it holds together because of Gerda's continued
support of her transgender hubby, as both play out
the roles they deemed were meant for them.
pic never messes around graphically with sex or
surgery (even as the Redmayne character becomes one
of the first in the world to undergo transgender
surgery), as instead it allows us to observe how
Gerda learns to accept this bizarre marriage as her
karma and Lili learns how to function as a woman.
is so incredibly good in his role
makes things credible and watchable. Vikander also
effortlessly nails the nuances of her
difficult supportive role. Too
bad the sincere pic can't reach higher than that,
nevertheless it produces a few dazzling moments and
an air of sophisticated intelligence about such
It's from a safe Oscar intended script by Lucinda Coxon, who bases it on the novel by David Ebershoff.
REVIEWED ON 11/28/2015 GRADE: B
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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