Thursday, January 14, 2016

The Danish GIrl

*** out of ****

Tom Hooper’s The Danish Girl is another ambitious end-of-2015 release that has a redundant amount of beauty and emotion but doesn’t manage to be as interesting as it could be. The story of the first-known person to have a sex-change operation provokes endless questions, but sticks to the simple emotional struggle of the lead character (played by Eddie Redmayne) and a wife (played by Alicia Vikander) who is uncertain of how to deal with a husband who is fading away.

Redmayne’s preoccupation with finding challenging roles has led him to a lot of movies that I didn’t enjoy despite his talents. The Danish Girl is a good one with a moving score by Alexandre Desplat and Hooper’s perfectly-composed wide-angle shots (through cinematographer Danny Cohen), but after watching the entire first season of The Knick, I’ve come to expect more from period dramas that deal with social changes alongside medical breakthroughs.

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