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Blu-ray Review: THE DANISH GIRL Is A Monumental Bore - Movies In Focus
Gloriously good proof that not every true life story needs to be made into a movie, The Danish Girl is a turgid piece of Oscar-bait cinema that neither educates or entertains over its two hour running time. This 1920s set film sees Eddie Reddmayne play Einar Wegener, an artist and one of the first men to undergo a sex change. Alicia Vikander plays his incredibly understanding wife Gerda, while Ben Whishaw and Matthias Schoenaerts play their respectful potential love interests. Tom Hooper has made a name for himself in recent years for his well-regarded (if rather staid) period dramas like The King’s Speech and Les Miserables and The Danish Girl continues that theme. However, this sex-change romance just doesn’t have enough oomph to make a mark on an emotional level. Having watched the film and I still have no idea what made Reddmayne’s Wegener decide that he was a woman trapped in a man’s body and why he had an undying need to become Lili. A brief moment modelling women’s stockings and footwear and a night on the town in drag doesn’t seem to point in the direction of such a drastic lifestyle change. I’m equally confused as to why [...]