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The Danish Girl Review (2015)

A powerful movie! Eddie delivers an enthralling performance.

The Danish Girl is a self-realization sojourn of Einar Wegener, a top-notch landscape painter from Denmark, who unfurls gradually into his true identity. Never leaving his side in a full supportive backdrop is Gerda Wegener, played superbly by Alicia Vikander, who depicts a gorgeous shade of loyal love.

The movie leaves you wondering how bold and resolute Einar Wegner really was, to have pioneered the transgender transformation. In an era of hush-hush, where people looked at you differently, Einar managed to do something extraordinary and unorthodox that is worth an ovation. He wasn’t really bothered about what people might say or do. He just cared about finding what he was, in an unwavering fashion.


The story leaves you in tears owing to the “Gerda-persistence”. Not for a second does she stop loving her husband, and accepts Einar’s true identity and helps him to achieve his transformation. She wavers once, but that was it. Where will you find such altruistic love?

The performance of Eddie Redmayne is mind numbing as Lili. He wears all the womanly expressions to perfection, with the slight but right blush, blinking of his eyes and that crimsoned smile, he just nails every bit like a pro. So reassuring is his performance that he gets lost into it completely. Really convincing! The music and screenplay are simply outstanding. Well played and intelligently written. Acting A1! Plot superbly woven.

Some bits in the movie unknowingly walk into the clichéd territory, for instance when two French guys beat the crap out of Einar, also the fact that Gerda is crushed ‘neath her loyalty towards her husband and requited love, seem more like a revisited enclave.

As The Danish Girl rambles to fruition, the movie begins losing its dramatic quotient and charm that had so brilliantly managed to keep us riveted. Editing goes a little bit dodgy there, and it loses its rhythm. The quiet is overshadowed by the shaky focus as frames change one after the other beating melodrama to pulp. Although right at the climax it peaks once again and makes up for all of it. But, still you are compelled to feel something wasn’t quite right during the last bits.

However, overall the movie did justice to the transgender pioneer and the girl who never left his side, Gerda the true hero. A splendid flick!

The Theory of Everything Review (2014)

“I have loved you. I did my best.”

Marsh’s finest piece The Theory of Everything is a biopic of the living (something producers rarely pick) miracle, Stephen Hawking. The life of the prodigy is smitten with misfortunes, wonders, eurekas, not to forget the love of his life Jane who sacrificed everything normal just to be with the polymath.

The life of Hawking is in itself a melodramatic narrative which doesn’t need any more filler to spice things up. It already reeks of mishap and tragedy. What is worth noticing is the fact that despite all the adversity that dangled around his life, it was still pulled off and buffed up brilliantly by Jane, without whom the master couldn’t have made it.

I place this biopic’s direction above Morten Tyldum’s work just for the fact that theories that people don’t comprehend have been expounded brilliantly at different points of time in terms of simple examples one would understand, which was, in fact, missing in The Imitation Game. Marsh endeavors to make things relate to us by explaining Hawking’s discoveries. Even whilst he does that he makes sure he doesn’t miss out from the drama that the movie so gorgeously carries.

Marsh captures every aspect, every crossroad and setback that Hawking faced in his life with perfection. People tend to remember only the renowned. But what Marsh did by manifesting the parallel life of Jane Hawking, the mental agony she had to go through, the dilemma of not leading a normal life, the vexation of all the work she did, the hope that lit up her dead verve, the broken chance to escape from everything, and the jilted emptiness are far more beautiful and worth commending.

The story is also a beautiful reflection of mind’s conundrum. It shows how at one point love dies and no matter what you do, and no matter how close you were at one point, it always meets the same fate. Comes a time when there is no other option but to let go. Sometimes for the sake of the happiness of your other half.

Hawking is an epitome of hope. It just goes on to show us how a will to fight, a reason to live and the gusto to learn could never stop a brain from dying.

Definitely worth our time!