The Danish Girl (2015) is An Exploration of Genders by Eddie Redmayne [Review]


Once known as the pet project of stars like Nicole Kidman and almost starred Charlize Theron as Gerde Wegener, The Danish Girl rocked the 2016 award season with its stellar acting performances and not much of anything else. Loosely inspired by the lives of famous Danish painters, Einar and his wife Gerda Wegener surprised the world in 1920 with Einar’s daring transformation from male to female. However, the film stayed away from any historical accuracy. In here, Einar and Gerda are portrayed as a couple in love who stayed by each other side through thick and thin, where in fact the real Gerde was a lesbian who got remarried by the time Lili died, and Lili herself died from a much complicated surgical error.

However, this is a Hollywood movie that stars talents, such as Eddie Redmayne who gave another metamorphic performance after Stephen Hawking’s biopic last year, and Alicia Vikander who gave her all as Gerde Wegener, his timid and loyal wife. Also directed by Les Miserable‘s Tom Hooper and written by Lucinda Coxon, the two clearly didn’t give a damn about anything else beside Transgenderism, and made the movie looks more like a stage play than a motion picture with narratives. Not to add that The Danish Girl again failed to explore the complex Transgender issue and made it seems like a quick fix for Einar and Gerde, fearing to add any social injustice, psychological affair nor real human drama between the two during Einar’s transgender transformation.

In the end, what matters the most is the Oscar nominations for the two lead stars where Eddie has been nominated for Best Actor and Alicia Vikander as his “Supporting” Actress.



3 thoughts on “The Danish Girl (2015) is An Exploration of Genders by Eddie Redmayne [Review]

  1. Veronika

    You seem to have liked this a bit more than me (I really disliked Redmayne’s performance; Vikander was great, though), but I couldn’t agree more with your statement that this film miserably failed at exploring the transgendered issue. Good write-up. 🙂

  2. 13mesh

    Hi Veronika, thank you for the comment. I agree, Vikander was great in here, glad she is getting the attention she deserves 🙂

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