The problem I have with Eddie Redmayne is that it seems he exclusively takes roles based on whether or not they are likely to win him awards, working through the same checklist as Robert Downey Jr. in Tropic Thunder. After bagging an Oscar for the bland Theory of Everything earlier this year, he has become an in-demand acting superstar, albeit an incredibly uninteresting one – he takes challenging roles and is rewarded not for his performance, but because of the role he was playing.
After playing a disabled person, Redmayne continues down his checklist of “Oscar-baiting acting roles” in The Danish Girl, a biopic of the first woman to go through gender reassignment surgery. We are in 2015, yet Hollywood continually casts men in the roles of transgender people, despite there being a plethora of trans performers who actually need the breakthrough.
From the piano-soundtrack to the faux-inspirational message (and the fact its coming from The King’s Speech/Les Miserables director Tom Hooper), The Danish Girl ticks all the Oscar boxes. The film also stars the wonderful Alicia Vikander, who will probably get Oscar nominated and deservedly so – even if its not the 2015 film she deserves the nomination for, but then again, Ex_Machina will not be found anywhere within ten miles of the Oscar podium. The Danish Girl hits UK cinemas on January 1, 2016.