The Danish Girl (♦♦♦)

Painters Einar and Gerda Wegener have a loving marriage in 1926, Denmark. Einar is very successful as a landscape painter, while Gerda, who paints portraits, hasn't yet made her mark. When a friend bails out as a dancer model for a painting that Gerda needs to put finishing touches to, she asks Einar to wear the female dancer attire and pose for her. Only Einar rediscovers a dormant passion, triggering a chain of events that will make him become a transgender pioneer with the support of his wife.

I have been noticing Eddie Redmayne on the big screen for years, and almost always I kept wondering when would be his opportunity to shine. He was the son of Angelina and Matt Damon, an inadvertent mole, in The Good Shepherd; he was Jack in the miniseries The Pillars of the Earth, the willing boy toy in My Week with Marilyn and his breakout role was in the musical Les Misérables as Marius, Cossette's love interest. Although he won an Oscar for Best Actor for his interpretation of Stephen Hawking in The Theory of Everything, I wasn't overly impressed. I have seen that same performance given by more seasoned and better actors in less prominent movies (e.g., Denzel Washington in The Bone Collector, and John Hawkes in The Sessions). And now I get to see him in yet another award nominated performance in The Danish Girl opposite Alicia Vikander (Ex-Machina).

If I thought his performance was just about average in The Theory of Everything, in The Danish Girl, Eddie Redmayne is nothing short of brilliant, and I must say that he becomes a beautiful woman as well. The mannerisms, the sensuality in the everyday things that make us women and we take for granted, he imitates and effectively adopts in his role as Lily. I wholeheartedly agree with his Oscar nomination. As Einar Wegener/ Lily Elbe, Redmayne gives by far the best performance of his career.

Alicia Vikander ably keeps up with Redmayne, giving a performance that is vibrant and determined as Gerda, Redmayne's fictional wife. If in Ex-Machina, she was deceptively innocent and scheming as Ava, as Gerda, she has proved that she can perform well a variety of roles.

Amber Heard, Ben Whishaw, Sebastian Koch, and Matthias Schoenaerts co-star.

Comments

  1. Redmayne is a very talented actor. My view is that he always "inhabits" his roles and makes them believable.

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    1. This is, I think, his best performance yet.

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  2. I haven't seen this one yet but am looking forward to it. Earlier this week I watched Grace of Monaco. Starring Nicole Kidman, whom I admire so much, it was great to watch my childhood crush be acted out in her Princess role. Have you seen it?

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    1. Yes, I reviewed Grace of Monaco in November of last year.

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    2. You did! And that might be where I heard of it. Thanks for reminding me.

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    3. What did you think of it?

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    4. I liked it very much! I love Nicole in anything she does. And I learned some Monaco history I didn't know before. I was intrigued by the idea that Grace might not be able to make movies again but she still had a role to play; possibly the role of a lifetime.

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  3. I thought this was a beautifully visual and incredibly sad and powerful film. Really made me think!
    Lynn :D

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  4. Good to know about Eddie. I really liked him in The Theory of Everything. and I plan to see The Danish Girl as well. It's on my list.

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    1. Like I said in my review, I wasn't that impressed with The Theory of Everything, but he definitely owned this role. I think it's his best yet.

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