The Danish Girl: Trailer #2 Review, Oscar Gold? and Competition!

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The Danish Girl - it may just become one of the most powerful and important films of the year - the film tells the story of the first ever transgender patient. The film has had Oscar buzz since before the ceremony last year - with Eddie Redmayne winning Best Actor last year, can he do it again two years in a row? This post will include a review of the second trailer, a rundown of what experts are predicting for the films Oscar performance and a exciting competition!

The Danish Girl is directed by Tom Hooper (The King's Speech, Les Miserables) and stars Eddie Redmayne (The Theory of Everything, Les Miserables) and Alicia Vikander (Ex Machina, The Man From U.N.C.L.E). "The remarkable love story inspired by the lives of 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". Can Tom Hooper score a hat trick with The Danish Girl or will it be third time un-lucky? 

Trailer #2 Review

0:16 - What I think will make this film so important and powerful is that it is the first film to be released that is based on a true story of the first ever transgender patient. The way this film is received and performs will influence the film industry a lot - we might get more stories told through film if it is successful, however, if it comes across as offensive and dull, that may not be the case. 'Extraordinary' is a big word to live up to but I think with a refreshing tale like this, it can be done. 
0:20 - This looks very moving and it looks like the film is going to the show the struggles Redmayne's character had before the transition rather than just beginning as soon as the operation is about to take place. 
0:28 - Redmayne is a very good actor when it comes to making physical changes - The Theory of Everything and now this. In this image, he could easily pass as a woman and I think from what I've heard, you do see his character as a woman by the end of the film and forget that a man is playing her. 
0:29 - Tom Hooper has a lot to live up to - The King's Speech was a huge awards contender and Les Miserables wasn't as big but was still in the running. 
0:36 - I have also heard that the film focuses a lot more on Alicia Vikander's character than it does Redmayne's - I don't know how I feel about this as the film has marketed itself as the story of the first ever transgender patients - maybe the studio thought it would be too much of a risk to show a fully transgender-based story so they wanted to just ease the audience in first? However, I have heard that Vikander puts on an award worthy performance.
0:40 - Here come the tremendous things that some people have to say about the movie
0:54 - Here is an example of Redmayne looking fantastic and almost unrecognisable - I just really hope the movie does the person justice!

This trailer didn't really have anything we hadn't seen from the first one but it was still pretty good and still strongly connotes 'big awards contender'. The performances look fantastic - lets just hope the story and script don't let the film down. A solid trailer.

Oscar Buzz
So before we delve into what the experts are predicting, lets look at where the film stands on film rating sites. On IMDB, the film holds a very weak 5.3/10 - maybe the film is offensive? or maybe it just isn't a crowd pleaser? This rating is likely to increase once the film opens in cinemas. However, it does make we wonder what the film gets wrong for a rating so low. The film currently holds a 73% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes - even though that is solid, that is also quite weak for a film that is predicted to be an awards contender - The King's Speech scored 95% but Les Miserables only had 70% so that doesn't rule The Danish Girl out of the race. 

Expert Oscar Predictors 'IndieWire' have The Danish Girl as a top contender in the following categories - Best Actor (4th), Best Supporting Actress (2nd), Best Production Design (4th), Best Costume Design (3rd), Best Original Score (4th) and Best Makeup and Hairstyling (1st). If the film was to get all of those nominations, it would have 6 nods which is very solid! That is definitely no The King's Speech which had 12 nominations or a Les Miserables which had 8 nominations. The Danish Girl would be Hooper's weakest Oscar contender to date if it only gained the 6. IndieWire sees the film as a big contender for Best Makeup and Hairstyling and Best Supporting Actress so are those two guaranteed wins? Probably not. The Oscars will be very competitive this year - the film might get Best Makeup and Hairstyling but it is very likely that it will be shut out else where. 6 nominations will be solid for the film - it could get more, it could get less. Only time will tell. One thing is for sure and that is that The Danish Girl is definitely not the contender we thought it would be this time last year. 


To celebrate the release of The Danish Girl, we have teamed up with John Blake Publishing and are giving away a copy of EDDIE REDMAYNE - THE BIOGRAPHY which is written by Emily Herbert. 

Here is a little more info on the prize: 

John Blake Publishing is delighted to announce the publication of Eddie Redmayne: The Biography, in which author Emily Herbert delves into the background of an actor who inspired a huge and devoted fan following known as ‘Redmayniacs’.
When Eddie won the Oscar in February 2015 for his stunning portrayal of the scientist Stephen Hawking in The Theory of Everything, he was already a high-profile actor. He starred as Marius Pontmercy in the award-winning 2012 musical smash hit Les Misérables and in 2016 he will play one of the first known recipients of transgender surgery in The Danish Girl.
Eddie has led a fascinating life. He gained education at the prestigious Eton and Trinity College, Cambridge, and quietly worked his way up to the heights of an international film career. In 2014 he settled down with his childhood sweetheart Hannah whom he married in a ‘winter wonderland’- inspired ceremony.
In the book, Emily Herbert offers readers an insight into the little known facts about Eddie, such as his acting debut as a teenager in Animal Ark, his stage work in London while at university and his groundbreaking work in films that confront some of society’s most explicit taboos. This book is certainly an ideal gift for admirers of one of the most exciting actors around today.. 

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