Redmayne is so right for this role. There's a touch of androgyny in the actor's lithe appearance. He looks like he could have been a highly popular music star in the glitter glam rock scene of the 1970s. Or he'd have been perfect to star as Dr. Frank-N-Furter in a production of The Rocky Horror Picture Show. That look works in his favor for this film. Watching him as Einar rediscover himself and see himself in a new way is amazing. And there's suspense. We know how society is. Will he be in physical danger? Yes, the story starts in the 1920s but it feels quite contemporary and relevant in issues it raises.
I saw The Danish Girl on a chilly Sunday afternoon in a major downtown cineplex. The theater was packed. You can see the film when it opens nationwide on Christmas Day.