‘Danish Girl’ is pretty picture about transgender pioneer (Our grade: C+)

Eddie Redmayne in "The Danish Girl." (Agatha A. Nitecka/Focus Features/TNS)

Eddie Redmayne in “The Danish Girl.” (Agatha A. Nitecka/Focus Features/TNS)

Ana Hornaday – Washington Post

With his lush settings, gentle tones and exquisite sense of visual design, director Tom Hooper has developed something of a house style. Having directed “The King’s Speech” and “Les Misérables,” the filmmaker has emerged as someone who’s less instinctively cinematic than pictorial, not communicating by way of moving images, but by creating backdrops — usually involving an artfully distressed wall — for high-toned, affecting performances.

All of Hooper’s strengths and weaknesses are on display in “The Danish Girl,” a tasteful, tender but oddly inert portrait of the early transgender pioneer Lili Elbe, who when the movie opens in 1920s Copenhagen, is a modestly well-known painter named Einar Wegener (Eddie Redmayne).

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