The Danish Girl: a beautiful bubble

OUR second visit to the cinema this week. The Current Mrs Feeney and I were joined by The Daughter Who Left (But Returned). We went to see The Danish Girl.

Mrs F and The Daughter enjoyed it more than I did. It tells the story of Danish transgender artist Einar Wegener (played by Eddie Redmayne) and his wife Gerda (Alicia Vikander). With the support of his wife, Einar undergoes one of the world’s first male-to-female gender reassignment operations.

A sensitive subject, and quite uncomfortable for many people. But that’s not why I was only lukewarm about it. In fact, I found the film just too damn comfortable for such challenging subject matter.

Redmayne and Vikander both give excellent, nuanced performances. But I found director Tom Hooper’s approach too restrained, or even refined. Everything seems to happen in a beautifully composed and gently lit bubble.

Retired Bloke Rating GOOD ***


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