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The Danish Girl

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The Danish Girl

Find the courage to be yourself.

20152 h 00 min
Overview

The story of Danish painter Einar Wegener, one of the first recipients of gender reassignment surgery.

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Director Tom Hooper
Runtime 2 h 00 min
Release Date 27 November 2015
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Movie Rating Good
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I was expecting to love this film, an examination of self discovery with Eddie Redmayne playing Einar Wegener, the first person to undergo gender reassignment surgery, set in 1920s Denmark.   And there is a lot to like.  Redmayne and Alicia Vikander, who plays his wife, act their Oscar nomination worthy hearts out.   The cinematography, costumes, music,make up and ambience are sumptuously gorgeous.  But it was all a bit too glossy and perfect, I didn’t feel the struggle that it must have been for Wegener, both in society and within himself.  The film was more interested in showing us how the emerging Lilli Elbe learned to copy feminine gestures than in the despair that must have driven him to undergo such a dangerous and experimental surgical procedure.

Beautiful but ultimately lacking, it was all a little too superficial for me and I didn’t feel emotionally connected to any of the characters by the end of the film.

 

Victor Frankenstein

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Victor Frankenstein

Discover the origin of the monster and his creation.

20151 h 49 min
Overview

Eccentric scientist Victor Von Frankenstein creates a grotesque creature in an unorthodox scientific experiment.

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Director Paul McGuigan
Runtime 1 h 49 min
Release Date 25 November 2015
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Movie Status
Movie Rating Very bad
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“You know this story….” is the opening line and indeed we do.  After more than 30 films based on Mary Shelley’s book nobody can have escaped without knowing the story of the mad genius, the lightening bolt and the awful twitching of the stitched together body parts.  So with no surprises in the storyline what else did this film have to offer? Impressive, if gloomy, CGI of  Victorian London, Daniel Radcliffe as the deformed clown, Igor and Jessica Brown Findlay (Downton’s Sybil) as the token woman/love interest.  Andrew Scott plays the detective hunting down Victor Frankenstein (McAvoy).  Scott is better known for his role as Moriarty in Sherlock and there was a strange double take with him now playing a Victorian detective, had he morphed into Sherlock himself?

There was overacting  galore and not even the saving grace of some humanity from the monster, he was just that.  A monster.

“Two hearts, two hearts…” shouted Frankenstein in the final fight scene to remind Igor to stab the monster again.  I’m afraid this film didn’t have one.