The Danish Girl is the true story of Eina Wegener (Eddie Redmayne), a local artist living in Copenhagen in 1926. His wife, Gerda Wegener (Alicia Vikander), is also an artist, and after she paints Eina as a woman, the paintings begin to rise in popularity, and Eina begins to enjoy playing the role of 'Lilli.' This role-play allows Eina to embrace his inner woman, and it doesn't take long for him to realise he was never meant to be a man. Lilli is who he wants to be, although it seems the world disagrees with him, deeming him insane. But through the love and support of his wife, he hopes to set Lilli free and let her be accepted in this world.
Their performances are great, but it's really the script that brings this film down. The premise of this film is an important one, but the plot is uneventful and stretched out, and the characters don't give much to latch onto. Eina/Lilli is an absolute bore, constantly complaining about things and it comes to a point where it's just so uninteresting that it hurts. There's only so much complaining one character can do before it starts to get annoying. The only character I did end up feeling sorry for was Gerda, but she didn't start out that interesting, either.
Another thing Hooper manages to do is make this one of the most Oscar bait-y movies of 2015 (or 2016, if we're going off of Australian release dates). What's the most common thing for an Oscar winning movie to have? Yep, a scene in the second act where a character sits next to a window, crying slowly and quietly while thinking about the events of the film while it rains outside. Any guesses about what movie has a scene like this? Yep, it's this movie. The Danish Girl just went full on Oscar bait and I groaned when this scene happened, and trust me, this isn't the only moment like this.
To sum up, The Danish Girl is a very well acted movie, Alicia Vikander stealing the show once again, but it's bland Oscar bait with whiney characters and a plot that gradually becomes more and more uninteresting. Let's hope Fantastic Beasts & Where To Find Them isn't Oscar bait as well.