It’s been a couple of weeks since my previous review on the “Room” surfaced up. Though I saw a couple of films in the meanwhile, I couldn’t write about it owing to some time constraints and laziness, of course! The next critically acclaimed film on my kitty is “The Danish Girl”.
“The Danish Girl” is based on the true life incidents of Einar Wegener and his wife Gerda Wegener, from Denmark. The story is about how and why Einar wanted to transform himself into a woman. Einar attempted the first-ever male to female sex reassignment surgery, a decision that turned into a massive change for their marriage, that Gerda realised her own husband is no longer a man or the person she married before. This story dates back to the period of 1920’s.
The Wegener’s were amateur painters, with Gerda being the better of them. Initially, Gerda couldn’t break into the premium league of painters with her paintings. That’s when she playfully tried dressing her beloved husband, Einar, as a woman called Lily Elbe (totally imaginative), and started painting. Those paintings gave her instant stardom and got her a show in Paris! Meanwhile, Einar felt that he is more of a woman than a man as he started posing as Lily quite often. The rest, as they say, is history.
Eddie Redmayne, who stole the limelight in the previous year’s Academy Awards for the movie “The Theory of Everything”, showed us that he’s got more to offer by easily bettering his performance this time around. At least, that’s what I feel on a personal level. Eddie was tailor-made for this role. He showed his passion and determination towards cinema by shedding off completely everything for what I consider, the most apt scene of all the films I’ve seen which required nudity.
Alicia Vikander, played Gerda’s role to utmost perfection, which not so surprisingly, got her the Oscar for the Best Female Lead this year. Apart from her wonderful performance, she looked stunningly beautiful in the attires of the early 20th century. Her acting was so good, that I almost started crying at one particular scene (for the very first time in my life). Obviously, I now have a huge crush on this wonderful girl. Hope that she signs many such films in the future!
The direction, casting and cinematography were all pretty good. The entire crew gave their best by transforming the film to the 1920’s effortlessly. Costumes were nice and sharp. Right from the beginning to the end, you feel the pain of a man desperately craving to be a woman and vice versa. I personally feel that the level of acting gave more to the film than anything else. Definitely a must-watch!
Director – Tom Hooper
Writers – David Ebershoff (novel), Lucinda Coxon (screenplay)
Cinematography – Danny Cohen
Music – Alexandre Desplat
Casting – Nina Gold
Editing – Melanie Oliver
Costumes – Paco Delgado
Alicia Vikander – Gerda Wegener
Eddie Redmayne – Einar Wegener
Adrian Schiller – Rasmussen
Matthuas Schoenaerts – Hans Axgil
IMDB Rating – 7/10
My Rating – 7.8/10
*With insights from imdb.com