Thursday, December 31, 2015

Movie Review: The Danish Girl

Eddie Redmayne continues to prove he is one of the best actors of this generation. His performance as Lili Elbe will put him once again in the running for Best Actor. Redmayne conveys the confusion and determination of Elbe with grace and this brave woman's courage is shown through the actor. This true story is important to the current times, and I thought it was very inspiring and enlightening. The struggle of Lili to find her place in the world was portrayed with emotion and grace.

Alicia Vikander continues to have a break out year following her roles as a lifelike robot in Ex Machina and a brilliant mechanic in The Man from U.N.C.L.E.. Gerda Wegener had to face the reality that her husband was no longer there and had been replaced by the woman she truly felt she was, Lili. Vikander has tears in her eyes in nearly every scene once Lili begins her transformation. She brought true emotional depth to the loyal woman who continued to love her husband not matter what. I think Alicia Vikander will get a nomination and continue to produce great characters in her bright future.

Tom Hooper's directing was like a painting, some of the scenes looked so eye-catching and gorgeous. The set design and cinematography were fitting for story about two painters and the importance of appearance. Hooper does not stray away from grand films including Les Miserables and the award-winning The King's Speech.

There were several great supporting roles from Ben Winshaw, Amber Heard, Matthias Shoenaerts, and others. This movie will be a contender for awards season and should appear on many top ten lists. 

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