In case you are interested, looking for something to see but mindful of what is to be avoided, here are two concise reviews of recently seen movies, ‘Youth’ and ‘The Danish Girl’ –
Set in a Swiss spa, ‘Youth’ focuses, if that is the word, on the philosophizing and reminiscences of two elderly creatives, one a composer, played by Michael Caine, the other a film director, played by Harvey Keitel. Verdict: Artifice not art. Pretentious; lacks sparkle. Tap water.
‘The Danish Girl,’ set in Copenhagen and Paris in the 1920s and based on a true story, relates the travails of a married painter who decides he is a woman, and undergoes a sex change operation. Verdict: Beautifully shot, wrenching. The universal in the particular. Strong stuff. Excellent. Double whisky.