At last the Oscar contender films have started finally coming out in the UK, the first one I went to see was The Danish Girl. The Danish Girl centers on Einar Wegener who after a stunt to help out his wife's art career discovers something that causes him to question his gender and finally become the person he truly was inside Lilli Elbe; after this she faces adversity from society and the perfect marriage between her and her wife starts to fall apart. The Danish Girl is directed by Tom Hooper and stars Eddie Redmayne, Alicia Vikander, Ben Whishaw, Matthias Schoenaerts, Sebastian Koch and Amber Heard.
There are a lot of positives to this film which include: Superb acting, a well told story, realistic tone and great direction. To expand, both of the central performances (Eddie Redmayne and Alicia Vikander) are phenomenal; Redmayne's performance is mostly physical which is a challenging task for an actor and he pulls it off brilliantly, all of the emotions he conveys through his body language resonated with me which made me empathise in a way that is really rare for a film to do. Only two other films have done it to me which are 12 Years A Slave and A Beautiful Mind. A performance that shouldn't be understated is Alicia Vikander playing Gerda Wegener, her performance was so convincingly perfect I personally think she even out acted Redmayne. Having not seen Ex Machina and The Man From U.N.C.L.E. this was my first experience seeing her acting skills and she is phenomenal, her performance in this film is definitely Oscar-worthy. The plot of this film is very important for today's society to see how far we have grown as a culture but also how much further we have left to go. This meant the director had a massive weight on his shoulders when crafting this film and I feel he couldn't have done a much better job, the storytelling in this film is brilliant. Tom Hooper should also be commended for crafting a film that is so well set up that it didn't take me long at all to get emotionally hooked into the characters, he then uses those emotional strings to perfection without feeling like a melodrama and at the same time keeping the plot interesting from start to finish.
I only really have one issue with this film and that is pacing, I think all this film needed was a different editor as some sections of the plot seem to be focused on too much and others not enough. The film is never boring at any point but the film felt overstretched and it felt longer than 2 hours. Overall though I found The Danish Girl to a beautifully crafted drama that managed to put me on an emotional roller coaster that left me needing to watch something light-hearted when I got home (that ended up being Mission Impossible 2 of all films). So taking everything into consideration I rate this film: