Friday, 22 January 2016

Movie Review - The Danish Girl

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About the movie

The Danish Girl is a 2015 British biographical drama film directed by Tom Hooper, based on the 2000 fictional novel of the same name by David Ebershoff and loosely inspired by the lives of Danish painters Lili Elbe and Gerda Wegener. The film stars Eddie Redmayne as Lili Elbe, one of the first known recipients of sex reassignment surgery, Alicia Vikander as Gerda Wegener, Matthias Schoenaerts as Hans Axgil, and Ben Whishaw as Henrik.

My opinion

As a big fan of Eddie Redmayne this film was a must for me. I watched the trailer several times before going and couldn’t wait to see it.

The movie touches a sensitive and delicate topic. Lili Elbe or rather Einar Wegner is born as a man, but inside feels he’s a woman. Things that have happened in his childhood show clear signs and when his wife Gerda uses him as a female model, Lili is born again. The movie iss et in the 20s, so you can imagine that it was a never heard of topic back then.

Einar starts dressing up as Lili and goes to events as her. He feels that something is wrong with him and wants to change it. The doctors however, all say that is crazy, mental and schizophrenic.

Through all this he always had his wife Gerda by his side. Her love is beyond anything you can imagine. It must have been so hard for her, but she stuck by his side.

After a long time they finally find a doctor and Einar/Lili agrees to be operated into a woman.

Both main actors did an incredible job. Eddie Redmayne was an amazing woman. His movements and emotions were spot on. His up for an Oscar again, so fingers crossed. Alicia Vikander is a very talented actress. The feelings of her character came across beautifully.

There were some incredibly captured pictures in this movies, whether it’s from characters or sights. It kind of brought the viewer closer to the story. The Danish Girl is a very touching, emotional and deep movie, full of love, drama and tears.

I would definitely recommend this movie. It’s special and unique.

The Trailer

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