*Quick Hit: A film that is carried entirely by its cast, despite being overly dramatic to the point it makes you cringe.
reassignment surgery. As I said, it is a prime Oscar film since it is about an artist who has to make a large transformation (both the actor and the character). The Danish Girl goes so far into pushing the drama that at times it really drags. The unnecessary close-ups, scenery shots, and long-delivered monologues make a movie that already seems overlong (despite it only having a running time of about two hours) seem that much longer.
is sensational in this movie. Since he already has delicate features, he was a natural to play the role. But it goes so far past his physical attributes. He really makes you believe Lily’s longing to be a woman fully and completely. You see it in his eyes each time he touches the lace, as he stares at himself in the mirror, as he studies the women around him. It’s hauntingly beautiful. And once he truly begins his change to Lily – it’s easy to forget it’s a man playing the role.
His performance alone would raise the movie, but the stealer of this show goes to Alicia Vikander in the role of Gerda, Einar/Lili’s wife. She portrays a strength throughout the film that is tangible, all the while maintaining a softness that shows all the emotions she must be feeling. There must be so much anger, sadness, hurt, and overall confusion that you would have throughout this process.
It really is a shame that the direction took this movie into being overly dramatic. The story is beautiful, the acting is wonderful, and the art direction is superb. I think a B- is a good overall grade for the film, but it easily could have been a hard A.
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