I went into this movie with modest expectations. I really wanted to see it, but I didn't think that it was going to be amazing; however, I did expect Eddie Redmayne's performance to be top-notch. All of my expectations were met, but not exceeded.
The acting was phenomenal. Eddie Redmayne took on another character that was a complete transformation for him after his role as Stephen Hawking in The Theory of Everything (which I only watched 30 minutes of, because he was the only thing I liked about it). Redmayne delivered an emotional performance that I thought was very well done. Vikander is definitely the female breakout star of the year. She was absolutely amazing in Ex Machina, really good in The Man from U.N.C.L.E., and great in this. She definitely deserves to be in the Oscar race, and with her as a supporting actress, she definitely has a chance, even though I would have considered this as more of a lead role. As for Redmayne's Oscar chances, any other year, I would pick him because he was phenomenal, but I finally think it is Leo's year.
As for the other cinematic aspects, there were some really good things going on. There was some really brilliant cinematography, with wide, sweeping shots of Copenhagen showing beauty, and close, emotional shots of Lili and Gerda really helping with that character development. The score by Alexandre Desplat was brilliant as well. The writing was good, but not great, in my opinion. I had a bit of confusion in determining where Lili and Gerda were living at times. For example, in one part, in which I had believed they had moved to Paris, Gerda and her friend from Denmark were at their dance studio in Denmark. I may have missed a piece of dialogue in which one of them was visiting the other, or this may have just been a bad choice on the director's part.
Overall, The Danish Girl was a really good, but imperfect love story partially based on a true story. It was almost always entertaining and Redmayne was amazing as always, worth the price of admission alone.
The Danish Girl
Big Tuna's Rating: A-
How Did I See It?: In theaters.
Had I Seen It Before?: No.
Would I Watch It Again?: It's doubtful, I don't tend to rewatch romantic dramas.
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