Five Reasons You’ll Love It - May 15, 2016

The Danish Girl - Five Reasons You’ll Love It
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The Danish Girl - Five Reasons You’ll Love It

It’s taken more than a decade to reach the screen, but The Danish Girl, the touching drama inspired by the lives of Danish painters Lili Elbe and Gerda Wegener, hits DVD shelves this week (you can pre-order it on the right-hand side of the page). 

Directed by Tom Hooper, the man behind the camera on The King’s Speech and The Damned United, this is set in Copenhagen in 1926, this is the story of artist Einar Wegener’s journey to become Lili Elbe. It’s a beautiful, moving drama and back when it was about to hit cinemas we caught an early screening of it, here are five reasons you’ll love it…

 

Eddie Redmayne is incredible…

As well as being probably the only time Redmayne will step into a role vacated by Nicole Kidman, The Danish Girl may also go down as one of Redmayne’s finest ever performances. Initially as Einar and then as Lili Elbe, he inhabits the role superbly and it deservedly got him a Oscar nomination. 

 

But Alicia Vikander steals the show...

The role of Gerda was originally due to go to Charlize Theron, then to Rachel Weisz and was also heavily linked with heavyweights like Uma Thuram and Marion Cotillard, but, watching the movie play out, it seems impossible to imagine the role going to anyone but Vikander. She’s the film’s beating heart and, in spite of Redmayne’s outstanding turn, the best thing in it and richly deserved her Oscar. 

 

The supporting cast aren’t bad either…

This is all about Redmayne and Vikander, but there are plenty of other great performances on show as well. Matthias Schoenaerts is excellent as Hans Axgil, Einar’s childhood friend, Amber Heard excels as fun-loving dancer Ulla and Ben Whishaw is as brilliant as ever as Lili’s love interest Henrik.

 

It’s beautifully written…

Lucinda Coxon’s adaptation of David Ebershoff’s novel is superb, it’s moving, brilliantly paced and tells a complex story with real poise and power.

 

It looks incredible…

All of Hooper’s feature have been shot with incredible period detail and The Danish Girl is no exception. Every shot looks absolutely stunning.



The Danish Girl is released on DVD and Blu-ray on Monday May 16th.

 

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