Verdict: A brooding drama that shines bright.
The Light Between Oceans, based on the novel by M.L. Stedman is a period romantic drama directed by Derek Cianfrance. Cianfrance gave us Blue Valentine in the past and certainly knows a thing or two about heartbreaks. He manages to reach into and highlight the dark crevices of human relationships in a haunting yet beautiful manner. The Light Between Oceans is a divine and fascinating story of love and sacrifice that tugs at your emotional chords.
A visually stunning film, it introduces us to Tom Sherbourne (Michael Fassbender), a World War I veteran who takes up a job as a lighthouse keeper on the remote island of Janus. A man of few words who is still dealing with the demons of the war and all the death he has witnessed, Tom looks forward to the isolation that the island promises. However, his plans begin to change as he meets the warm and charming Isabel (Alicia Vikander). The two soon get married and begin a blissful life on the picturesque island. An emotional rollercoaster, the couple’s happily-ever after is soon cut short as certain unfortunate events strain their relationship.
When a dingy washes ashore the island bringing along a baby girl in it, the two decide to keep the baby and things finally seem to be working out for the Sherbournes, until they meet the girl’s real mother. Faced with a difficult choice, the two have to face the consequences of the decision they take.
The protagonists have delivered splendid performances. The cinematography is the highlight of the film with stunning time lapses and brilliant shots of the ocean which are a visual extravaganza. Despite its slow pace and gloomy storyline that is bound to not leave a single dry eye in the house, the film lights up in all the right ways.
Why You Should Watch This Movie:
If you are a sucker for quality cinema with convincing performances and a story that is going to stay with you even after the film ends, The Light Between Oceans will not leave you disappointed.