Friday, February 26, 2016

The Danish Girl

On Friday night, Sharon and I watched The Danish Girl on the AppleTV. This is part of our effort to watch all of the Oscar nominated films.

The film is based on the 2000 fictional novel of the same name by David Ebershoff. The book and the film are loosely inspired by the lives of Danish painters Lili Elbe and Gerda Wegener. The film stars Eddie Redmayne as Lili Elbe, one of the first known recipients of sex reassignment surgery, and Alicia Vikander as Gerda Wegener. The film has received some criticism for its inaccurate portrayal of historical events.

The film is nominated for four Oscars. This includes: Best Actor - Eddie Redmayne; Best Supporting Actress - Alicia Vikander; Best Production Design and Best Costume Design.

After the movie was over, Sharon said "well, that was odd." I find it interesting that there has not been more discussion about Redmayne's performance. In all of the podcasts that I have listened to and articles I have read, I don't think I have heard or seen anything about his performance. Redmayne gives a pretty amazing performance. Most of the discussion has been about Vikander. Given the other performances nominated for best supporting actress, I think that she probably wins. Overall, the movie is probably worth seeing just for Redmayne's performance.

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