The Danish Girl (2015) - Biography, Drama, Romance

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A fictitious love story loosely inspired by the lives of Danish artists Lili Elbe and Gerda Wegener. Lili and Gerda's marriage and work evolve as they navigate Lili's groundbreaking journey as a transgender pioneer.

IMDB: 7.1
Director: Tom Hooper
Stars: Eddie Redmayne, Alicia Vikander
Length: 119 Minutes
PG Rating: R
Reviews: 59 out of 260 found boring (22.69%)

One-line Reviews (169)

I do think the film is well directed, emotionally intriguing and decently acted (although I don't think Redmayne deserved another Oscar nomination).

Compelling based on true life events of Danish artists/married couple Lili Elbe and Gerda Wegener (Redmayne and Vikander make a truly dynamic duo and deserving of Oscars) who embark on the most personal journey - Lili's struggle in terms of her sexuality and becoming a transgender pilgrim.

TDG is exquisite, artistic, and incomprehensibly dull with little real merit to the real world we live in today.

But in reality The Danish Girl is formulaic, unfulfilling and forgettable.

I wasn't sure this would be a film I'd engage with, but having watched it, I must admit I thoroughly enjoyed it.

I found the pacing a bit dull and lost interest in the story halfway through.

While on the other hand, the story itself became even boring.

Just stunning and inspirational.

In fact, the dull screenplay by Lucinda Coxon never allows them to act realistically to their life-changing situation.

To me, there is no story behind people dying from archaic medical procedures ...

The characters feel a bit bland and all the characters that matter apart from the main two don't actually show any signs of personality.

I actually thought that this movie in the beginning was boring because Eddies character kinda looked sad and dull.

The Danish Girl is a forgettable formulaic biopic, but it's worth the watch for the fantastic performances.

The scenery of the film, the cities and locations within those cities, is simply stunning.

The sequence where Einer is putting on his makeup for the first time is breathtaking visually and very well done.

The whole first act is all about this man suffering extreme confusion as he begins to question who he is, and whilst that should be the focus of the whole film, it feels rushed and therefore shallow.

I should also add that the acting feels forced in some scenes, but that's mainly because many of those scenes are cliché so the actors don't have much to work with......

Sebastian Koch owes his presence to a big German contribution to the film's budget - still, the most interesting part of the story, the reassignment procedure he is carrying out, is dismissed by a sloppy, predictable script.

This is definitely a liberal film, but it is still enjoyable even if you aren't.

I find this fascinating because usually a person sees a movie actor which leaves you feeling that they were hired to be themselves in the movie, hence there is no such thing as acting.

I found this movie to be absolutely beautiful and fascinating, and I have no shame in saying that it is one of my favorites.

Not even Vikander could salvage the final act, which was far too long and boring.

As exciting and extremely rewarding as the acting of the main actors is the photography of the film.

I was bored throughout the ending of act 2 and into act 3, due to redundancy and the extremely slow pacing of the story, that it had come to be.

I felt his character was a little intense, maybe I'm not getting him because I'm straight.

This movie felt like it was trying to fill in every cliché from using art to bash you over the head with symbolism that has already been established, to cheap fights to make you feel bad.

But, because he does not have quite a full movie's worth of material to work with, he does have a tendency to let his camera linger or slow pan as our two leads gaze out a window to contemplate the events of these lives.

Inspired by a 1920s Danish artist with gender dysphoria who became one of the first to ever opt for surgical gender realignment, this Tom Hooper drama offers an intriguing insight into a fairly recent time when such terms were unheard of.

The whole thing is slow and dragged out to a turgid pace, and all of the cast feel icy cold and unsympathetic.

As a bit of a 'game' Gerda encourages him to explore the character of his alter-ego "Lili" further: a big mistake, as Einar is swept into a spiral of confusion and self-doubt.

Or it would easily fall into the trap of melodramatic depiction or confusion of emotions.

Because of the subject matter in The Danish Girl I wasn't sure this was going to be a film that I would particularly like but I need not have have worried because I thought this was a fascinating movie that justified it's plaudits.

" Perhaps this movie would have had a greater impact a few decades ago, because the recent transgender process for Bruce Jenner, Olympics Decathlon Champion, to become Caitlyn Jenner has been so publicized that a viewer could take a "ho-hum" view of this sort of thing.

All things aside though I'd have to say I enjoyed it a lot more than a few other films that did get a Best Picture nod.

But I tell you you can save the money for a real movie in a few days, like Star Wars VII, or The Revenant.

I've found Eddie Redmayne (Lili) dull and simply plain.

Even if it's based on real events, Lili Elbe as a transgender pioneer, it's just a story that made me yawn a couple of times during the movie.

Though the film glosses over some traits of the real life Gerda, Ms. Vikander is stunning in more than a few scenes, which in the hands of a lesser actress, could have proved cringe-inducing.

It is a formulaic biopic that does little to stand out from other period pieces.

Specifically, this is simple a boring retelling of the prose which was at the core of another of Redmaynes works - The Theory of Everything.

It all feels rather shallow and slow and has a lot of pieces missing (as though a trailer creating cliffhangers).

A well-intentioned and certainly topical film that's prevented from being better than it could be by Tom Hooper's relentless commitment to being a boring director.

Few highlights and drab backgrounds will not attract me to visit Copenhagen.

He's performance in this movie is what I call "pretentious" and "by the books Oscar bait".

The last 25% or so makes the film worth watching.

It's not a terrible movie, and the direction, production design and one of the lead performances are all great, but it really falls short of what it's trying to accomplish time and time again: an emotionally powerful and engrossing story.

Firstly is a scene where Einar delivers laundry to a woman collecting it, but he does it with such insane speed it makes Usian Bolt look fat and slow (he has to run from one end of their big house to another, after having to tie the bag up tight) and it was so weird you wonder why they included it.

Vikander has had a wonderful year after her stunning performance in Ex Machina.

The trivia on IMDb (and the info on Wikipedia) explains a lot about my confusion with the story.

The pacing of the film becomes tedious and slower than Einar's own physical change.

It's overwrought and occasionally boring while pandering to an audience that will surely overvalue it's cultural cache in years to come.

Redmayne conveys the confusion and determination of Elbe with grace and this brave woman's courage is shown through the actor.

brilliant ,, it takes up past the cliché of focusing solely on the sexual part of a transsexual .. i gives us a glimpse of the internal turmoil and battles with society.. Lily (the female alter) .. she was sweet, coy and bit forward and courageous at the same time.

But I just think Eddie and the screenplay is a bit dull, it could've written in a more emotional way.

Amazing lead performances buoy a compelling storylilne; one of the year's very best films.

Director Tim Hooper, responsible for the excellent Oscar winner "The King's Speech," is now back with a much more obscure but fascinating historical tale, "The Danish Girl.

The cinematography and the acting are good, nothing bad to say about that, but the subject of transgenders is just something completely boring to me.

Boring, boring, boring.

But when the script feels this contrived and fails to generate the required emotion that the writer wants me to feel, then I'm afraid I can't believe in it at all.

Some scenes stretch out far too long, leaving the viewer wishing the time would pass faster.

He is acting so much it is unwatchable at times, he does not even come close to disappearing from screen and I don't care whatever he went through, that's none of my business and nor should be anyone's.

It seems as though Hollywood adds drama to everything, and that makes it a little repetitive and boring.

Vikander does what she can with the role, but so much of the dialog is trite, ridiculous, and flowery when it really should not be at all.

The transformation is so intense that he renames himself Lili Elbe, from where the next inevitable step is sex change surgery -- putting his male life on the line as such an operation was seen as quite dangerous at the time.

It was the quandary of his loving wife that seemed so sad and was really the most compelling part of the story.

The film is only a little too long, a little too slow and maybe tries a little to hard to wring our heartstrings.

Engaging and involving - a wonderful watch.

Redmayne conveys the torture and confusion nature has presented him with.

A dull, overlong & horribly misguided cinema that's as insulting to the transgender community as it is to the legacy of Lili Elbe, The Danish Girl is worth skipping.

The transformation is so intense that he renames himself Lili Elbe, from where the next inevitable step is sex change surgery -- putting his male life on the line as such an operation was seen as quite dangerous at the time.

It was a dull and disappointing experience and even more so because of all the talent involved.

Which is a bit sad when this is a story about such a compelling and controversial subject.

If Redmayne is totally convincing as both Einar and the film's eponymous character – providing another sterling example of how deeply he can immerse himself in a role – then, Vikander delves deep beneath the surface to explore a truly fascinating woman.

The ugly duckling story executed in this movie was bland and overdone.

The cinematography was not good, out of touch with the story and moments, and basically seemed a little self-indulgent.

PROS: Movie colors; Costumes; Eddie Redmayne performance; Film lightingCONS: Cliché story; Time perceptionBEST QUOTE: "We were playing a game.

I don't understand why others think the film being bleak, bland or cold is a rather bad characteristic of the film.

Boring .

Eddie Redmayne is stunning in this film, as well as Alicia Vikander's performance.

The intense rawness of his character's emotions transcends the screen.

It feels contrived and forced.

Redmayne is a good actor but he pushes the pathos button way too far to make for an enjoyable experience and I'm not sure people who belongs to the community like to be their lives seen as eternal reservoirs of sadness.

Supporting actress Alicia Vikander also had an impeccable performance showing how difficult it is for a women needing her husband in such a controversial and intense situation.

With a very slow pace and unengaging plot, The Danish Girl is worth giving a miss.

He transforms from the artist to a woman in a wonderfully engaging way that is so realistic.

Yet, despite its dramatic potential, the Wegeners' story is given such a flat treatment by Tom Hooper that the movie verges on boring at times.

Simply stunning .

There was a time when I would have seen this as a contrived, shocking piece.

While the film features a compelling story and much impressive acting, I never personally felt as connected to the story as I was to "The King's Speech".

It's boring, distant and while it was just under 2 hours, I thought I'd been there longerYou want to go see it, be my guest.

So in the end this is a very engaging film with a lot of emotion, great performances, is very well shot, and covers many themes related to being transgender that raises a lot of questions for the viewer.

Overall it's far from a great movie, but it's an enjoyable one.

Sadly, The Danish Girl, while trying to be trend-setting and a wavelengths type film for the truly difficult realities for many, serves as a laughable and pretentious story of over-dramatic film aesthetics and acting.

At times a little melodramatic in tone and slightly clinical in plot, the exceptional performances and stunning visual world of The Danish Girl let us forgive any lapses in technique and experience this universal theme through a specific and moving personal story.

I personally really liked the music, it gave me goosebumps in all the right ways, and definitely helped create that mood of confusion and frustration and just a heavy flow of emotions.

Except for the fascinating acting skills, I really really really adore the lighting and color of the film.

A clichéd, melodramatic waste of my time.

Such a beautiful exquisite performance by the talented Eddie Redmayne, who moved us all with his true and insightful character Gerda Wegener and the stunning, raw emotions from Alicia Vikanser.

Instead, however, I come to tell of a movie that is so emotionally lacking, so frustratingly distant, and so boring, which is in a way the biggest disappointment for me.

You could see perfectly the confusion and hardship this character goes through every single minute of the film.

Slow, intimate and colourful.

The Danish Girl contains gripping screenplay, mild natured palpable environment supported by majestic performances and emotions pouring out on the screen.

Visually stunning, the cinematography was fantastic and the music complemented the narrative beautifully.

Terrible story line, crap acting and just plain boring.

Review: Although the subject matter was interesting and the performances were brilliant, I did find this movie slightly boring in parts.

I also found it a bit confusing.

Sure, Redmayne's physical transformation is undoubtedly audacious, but he can never transmit the authentic "truth" of such a complex character, and he always employs the same shy smile and flirtatious eyes in his character, which end up getting repetitive while not transmitting anything to the audience.

Boring, Boring, Boring ...

The film feels rushed, and yet at the same time painfully slow at times, and it just doesn't work trying to squeeze 20 years of story into a couple.

Almost everything, right from the very beginning, is thrown at your face, spoon fed to you repeatedly and it makes for a dull experience, were the audience member is never given the chance to be engaged.

Much like Tom Hooper's last Oscar season gambit Les Miserables (2012), the film feels long; far too long.

aesthetes, slightly boring, predictable .

Its success lies upon that it presents everything in intense.

Definitely worth watching.

I found this journey very engaging and knowing nothing about the story it is based on made for a very unpredictable plot that surprised me on more than one occasion.

Focus Features – part of the Comcast "diversity and inclusion" empire of propaganda – is calling this maiming of the male body "gender confirmation surgery.

It did feel boring and slow at times but probably it is just me as I do get bored quite easily.

Dull drawn out twaddle .

Business as usual from the predictable Hooper .

The first act ends rather early and the third act begins fairly late and the second act was pretty long and did have a few repetitive moments.


From the time he first reacts to wearing women's clothes, the movie is riveting as he easily conveys nuance in his facial expressions and takes great risks to be truthful and authentic.

Surgery seems like the only option to remove the ambiguity and confusion in their relationship – although Lili also risks losing her life.

Unfortunately the meticulous attention to image rather than screenplay (to me) resulted in a quite cold and un- engaging movie, where beautiful costumes, interiors and landscapes are the only highlights.

Typical Oscar type movie, well acted by Redmayne and Vikander just a too slow movie pace.

He's a very expressive actor who always seems on the edge of bursting at the seams.

Beautiful evocative and special .

It's visually stunning.

It's a good story, however it's a bit predictable.

It was a perfectly fine example of what in America might have been called 'Masterpiece Theatre' and "The Danish Girl" is no different, apart from being duller and even more conventional when the material positively cries out for 'edgy'.


I found the end very predictable (as I had actually predicted the ending about halfway through the film).

It does take certain liberties with the story, compared to the truth, but most likely to make it more exciting on film.

He's once again certain to reap plentiful laurels in this awards season; with another role about a slow process of physical and psychological transformation.

The script is so cliché ridden and repetitious that even an actor as fine as Matthias Schoenaerts can't liven it up.

At first, encouraging Einer to dress in women's clothes, as her muse, Gerda realizes that she is losing her husband to another woman - but that woman IS her husband and the anger, frustration, confusion and LOVE she has for this person is vividly seen.

OK, Hooper maybe wanted us to know this inner passage Einar made with himself, but after a while, boring and meaningless.

Yet, Hooper's The Danish Girl came across as a forced, highly contrived Oscar wannabe film with pretentious camera tricks, dizzying angles and weak vehicle for any kind of lead up to have Redmayne the first actor to win two back-to-back lead actor Oscars.

But that script, the way it kills any momentum and renders all drama meaningless and uneventful.

Equally compelling, and even more magnificent in her turn is Alicia Vikander, who in just under two hours, solidifies herself as one of the most breathtaking and exciting actresses working today.

That facial twitch and dubious smile he gives are getting tiresome.

She shows loyalty, affection, love, lust, and confusion and matches Redmayne in just about every frame.

And I must admit that it was an entertaining one(Spotlight and Big Short, I'm talking to you).

This production was a breath of fresh air and also a very intriguing one.

The tempo is one-paced and the dialogue is often stilted and dreary.

There was some over-saturation of the colours they use to show this unrealistically colourful world the character's live in, but the costumes are all interesting and engaging.

If the only thing you want to see is Eddie Redmayne repeatedly dressing up in women's clothes, and portraying him/her in a a single repetitive way (that means putting a wig and a dress on Eddie, and when another character looks at him, cut to a close-up, have him look down with his eyes closed, open them, look up at them with his head still down, slightly cocked to the side, then have him sheepishly smile then this flick's for you.

To make up for it's lack of story, director Tom Hooper (The King's Speech) relies on very pretty, almost portrait-like pictures in depicting the story of married artists Einer Wegener (Eddie Redmayne) and Gerda Wegener (Alicia Vikander) as they deal with the growing realization that Einer is living a lie as a man and really needs to be living the life of his female alter-ego, Lili.

The costumes are evocative and pleasing on the eyes and the whole film is beautifully photographed.

As a spectator, it was easy to get immersed in the story early on.

Nevertheless, "The Danish Girl's" unique and brave story, and the two delicate central performances give it a gripping emotional weight that is quite affecting.

I know the film goes deeper than that and the real-life story of Lilu is an inspiration for many people who feel trapped in the wrong body, however, I'm blaming the treatment for making the gender identity something as superficial and predictable.

The editing's a confusing and weird one; there are a much of moments that make no sense.

Propaganda and 'The Danish Girl' .

A slow emotional ride about the courage to find oneself.

This is a story of respect, of sensitizing with the soul, of riveting in nature.

Perhaps its because we are in Oscar- season but, to me, it all felt a tad pretentious and (no pun intended) could have done with a few snips in places to reduce the running time by 15 minutes or so.

The first 75% or so is quite slow-moving and feels like preamble (which it is, ultimately).

The pacing made me want to fall asleep, its as simple as that.

It's an interesting story, and the setting of Copenhagen in the 1920's makes for some fascinating sets and cinematography.

Those alone make it worth the watch.

Worth watching, every detail in the movie was just amazing, great performance by both actors

Lots of flaws on the approach to this true story moving at a turtle pace when within all that mundane waste of the viewer's time could have been filled with so much more about Lily we'll never know about.

Thoroughly enjoyable .

Trite, sentimental waste of an important subject .

For this alone I'd recommend seeing the film, it's visually stunning.

This way, I found it rather hard to follow the film because it seems to be based on a difficult understanding of how transsexuality works, even though the actors delivergreat performances and the overall production value of the film is worthy without question.

The film also has a very slow pace which doesn't work for character building or plot movement.

However, while it does manage to feel like a good film on the outside, inside its just a bland and emotionless disappointment.