Movies of the week: Room and The Danish Girl

I needed to take some time and ensure that these two features were playing near me and now that I have confirmation that they are, I’m going ahead with seeing them both. If what I hear about both movies are correct, I’ll be looking forward to see these films recognized by the awards circles, particularly with the leading roles. I’ve heard whispers about Room and how it is a true cinematic tour-de-force. Room stars Brie Larson as a single mother to a five year-old son named Jack and their lives together are anything but ordinary. They are trapped in a 10-by-10 feet room for years until they are liberated and face the reality of the outside world.

What am I expecting to see?: This movie has been garnering a lot of attention in the most quiet conventions possible. I’ve heard nothing but great things about Larson’s performance, the emergence of Jacob Tremblay, Lenny Abrahamson’s astounding direction and how well Emma Donoghue adapted her novel to the big screen. Room may be the best movie I’ve hardly heard of this year and considering how underwhelming some of this year’s films have been, maybe something under the radar can be a game-changer.

Transgenders have been on the upswing since Bruce-now-Caitlyn Jenner came into the world, but how did the transgender movement begin? Academy Award winning director Tom Hooper brings David Ebershoff’s acclaimed novel to the big screen in The Danish Girl. Einar Wegener and Gerda Wegener are artists living in Copenhagen in 1920. One day Gerda paints her husband as a woman, and that action starts a snowball effect that leads Einar to the first male to female sex reassignment surgery and the ramifications that follow are profound.

What am I expecting to see?: This has been on my radar for some time now, because I’ve heard nothing but exemplary things about Academy Award winner Eddie Redmayne’s transformative performance as Wegener/Lili Elbe and Alicia Vikander, I’ve heard that she is a star on the rise even though I passed on seeing her in The Man from U.N.C.L.E.. I feel that this could be one of the year’s most insightful and entertaining features. The Danish Girl has appeal that taps into something socially and currently relevant and I aspire to be enlightened by it.

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