Star Cast: Eddie Redmayne, Alicia Vikander, Matthias Schoenaerts, Ben Whishaw and Amber Heard.
Director: Tom Hooper
Producer: Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner, Anne Harrison, Tom Hooper and Gail Mutrux.
Screenplay: Lucinda Coxon
Claps for: Performances
Slaps for: Not being an impactful movie, lacks the necessary emotions
What’s New: Presentation of how a man starts feeling uncomfortable inside his own body.
Popcorn Refill: Interval
Story: A brush with his feminine side in a bid to help his wife turns the world upside down for artist Einar Wegener. He realizes his true calling- to be a woman. And while he struggles between being a himself and Lili; Einar decided to become Lili physically too- by undergoing one of the first sex-change operations.
Performances: The movie belongs to Eddie Redmayne. The actor plays more of Lili Elbe and less of the painter Einar Wegener- and that’s the reason it gets hard to get eyes off him right from the start of the movie. He doesn’t let the mental transformation look like a sudden or abrupt one, but presents it as a swift and slow one.
The scenes in the start where he starts realizing the feminine side of himself are indeed a treat to watch and depict the way the thought of being a woman has started taking control over his actions.
Alicia Vikander has done a wonderful job as the strong girl who gets sidelined by her own husband and keeps searching for someone who can give her the same love and affection the way Einar once did- be it from Lili for a few minutes or her friend Hans (confidently played by Matthias Schoenaerts). There are scenes where she remains mute but lets her eyes and body language do the talking
The chemistry between Eddie and Alicia is worth the watch as it goes through several ups and downs and change in the way they behave with each other.
Direction: While the story of the movie is a beautiful one- journey of Einar from the moment he starts realizing his true self, to his death as the person he wanted to be- Lili; director Tom Hooper fails to make it into a touching one that can bring you down to tears or provoke your thoughts. The movie fails in terms of emotional content as well as connect.
The dilemma of the protagonist to become ‘The Danish Girl’ (which is what the entire movie is about) and how it spoils his previous relationships; is indeed a wonderful one. Certain scenes are self-explanatory to depict what is going on in Einar/Lili’s mind. For example, the scene where he stands before a mirror and hides his genitals between his legs to look like a woman is a powerful one.
However, the movie isn't something one can take back home.