*I want to make a full disclaimer before I talk about how much the Queens did not enjoy this movie that I absolutely LOVE Eddie Redmayne to pieces.
Actor in a Leading Role: Eddie Redmayne
Actress in a Supporting Role: Alicia Vikander
Costume Design: Paco Delgado
Production Design: Eve Stewart
The Danish Girl revolves mainly around two characters, Einar Wegener/Lili Elbe (Eddie Redmayne) and Gerda Wegener (Alicia Vikander). The two begin the movie as husband and wife in what seems to be the most picture perfect 1920s European relationship. They are both artists and really help support each other through their art. Einar has to go to another art show that he really doesn’t want to attend, but Gerda makes a suggestion so that it will hopefully be more fun: for him to go as a completely new character, a woman named Lili. Einar is delighted to try out this idea and ends up really getting into the character. Many of the men at the show are attracted to him and he even ends up locking lips with one of his admirers. Gerda sees this and they leave at once. This is just the beginning of Einar’s full transition into becoming Lili.
Once Einar feels that he can no longer be Einar, he makes the full transition into being Lili. While they are no longer in a physical relationship together, Lili and Gerda are still great friends and even still live together. They are very supportive of each other and their art. Gerda starts to paint pictures of Lili and these paintings are actually what propel her to fame. She opens a show in Paris and asks Lili to accompany her. Now, of course, even though Gerda was super cool with her husband no longer being her husband, the rest of 1920s Europe wasn’t so cool with the transition. Every time they went to see a doctor they wanted to have Einar/Lili arrested. All of this changes once they meet an experimental doctor, who is willing to do the first ever male to female transition. Lili is more than excited even though this is highly risky, with those risks including death. She doesn’t care because she is so desperate to leave her male body. Gerda goes with Lili to receive the first operation and much to everyone’s surprise it is successful. Lili is so excited and wants the second operation to come as quickly as possible, even though Gerda believes there hasn’t been enough time. The pair then go back for the second risky operation and shockingly (it wasn’t shocking) Lili is not able to make it through the operation and dies out while laying in the sun a few days after the operation. Even though Lili dies at the end of the movie, it felt almost difficult to feel sad for the character because it was so predictable and I was upset with Lili for doing the second operation too quickly. I also felt disinterested through most of the movie, which made it hard to develop a relationship with any of the characters in the movie. The relationship between Gerda and Lili felt unrealistic for the time period or in any time period considering that her husband cheated on her. I think most people, in any time period, would be pretty upset if that happened to them. I still love Eddie Redmayne, but I don’t think he deserved the Oscar for this one. Sorry Eddie.
Now, while this wasn’t my favorite movie, I did still love a few aspects. Hans (MAJOR SHOUTOUT TO HANS), played by Matthias Schoenaerts, was a fabulous addition to the cast and much needed in my opinion. The entire time, the Queens were rooting for him and Gerda to get together. It is kind of implied that they do in the end. He was her rock during such a difficult and confusing time in her life when most people likely would’ve turned their shoulder the other way. Also, he was pretty nice to look at.
I also thought the costumes were just beautiful. Paco Delgado did an excellent job in keeping with the time period and the lifestyle that these characters lived. He picked clothes that fit each part perfectly and also made the actors look good.
So, I clearly didn’t love this movie, but maybe you did. Leave a comment and let me know what you think! (Or leave a comment and talk about how great and beautiful you think Eddie is, too.)