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Friday, February 5, 2016

Report Card: "The Danish Girl"

"The Danish Girl" is not about a girl who sells Danish.
It's about the stone-age Caitlin Jenner.
It takes place in the 1920's, with Eddie Redmayne coming to terms with his sexuality.
And how he resolves it.

On to the scoring:

Is it interesting?

Not to me.

Compelling even?

Perhaps to some, not me.

Is it controversial?

It was, and still is.

Is it a story worth telling?

I suppose.

Is it good storytelling?

It was told so grimly

Is it well written?

It was totally devoid of humor.

Is it well cast? Well played?

Eddie Redmayne was quite convincing as someone who might have this problem. He seems quite feminine.
It's not like it was Ernest Borgnine or anything.
Or Jeffrey Tambor. Wait, maybe that was a bad example.
Hmm, not really. What Tambor does on "Transparent" is primarily for comedic effect.

Well shot?

Rather drearily.

Did the director put such a personal stamp on it so that no one else could have made it?

Not in a positive way.

How long does it take to establish the film's locale and time period?


Is it too long? Too short?

Too long to suit me.

Is it believable? Do you care about the characters?

Sort of.

Is it predictable? Does it surprise you?

I didn't know where it was going, nor did I care.

Do you think about it after you've seen it?

I don't care about Caitlin Jenner either.

Is it funny?

Asked and answered.

Would it have been worth the thirteen bucks it would have cost to see it in the movies?

On no level.

Is it impressive?

Redmayne was kind of impressive.

Overall grade: C.


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Hi. I am, according to my Wikipedia entry,(which I did not create) a noted television writer, playwright, screenwriter, and occasional actor. You can Google me or go to the IMDB to get my credits, and you can come here to get my opinions on things, which I'll try to express eloquently. Hopefully I'll succeed. You can also e-mail me at Perhaps my biggest claim to fame is being responsible, for about six months in 1975, while Head Writer for the "Happy Days" TV series, for Americans saying to each other "Sit on it."