The Light Between Oceans

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Film review by Steve Duffy –


Based on the popular 2012 novel by M. L. Stedman, the film tells the story of Tom Sherbourne (Michael Fassbender), a lighthouse keeper and war veteran, and his wife Isabel (Alicia Vikander), who  are living off the coast of  Western Australia. One day, the couple rescue a baby girl who has washed up on an adrift rowboat and decide to informally adopt her as their own, whom they name Lucy. But as Lucy grows older, Tom and Isabel discover the consequences of raising the child when a visit to the mainland and an encounter with a particular woman (Rachel Weisz) threatens to break apart their blissfully happy family.

The first half of the film moves slowly, but picks up by the second half, so hold on.

Fassbender’s character, at times, seems distant and distracted for most of the film.  Vikander gave a great performance as the suffering Isobel. However, her pain and mental state should have been explored more.

For me, Weisz gave the best performance, I only wished she was in the film more.

The cinematographer is lush and gorgeous and creates a character of the scenery.

There is definitely the makings of a powerful drama buried somewhere in the story, but it never truly comes to life.

Rating:  PG-13 for thematic material and some sexual content

Runtime:  100 minutes.

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