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Plot: A lighthouse keeper and his wife living off the coast of Western Australia raise a baby they rescue from a drifting rowing boat. Runtime: 133 mins Release Date: 02 Sep 2016
This is a beautifully shot and acted film (by kinsmanivan)
When I read this on Wikidpedia I was amazed:Critical Review The Light Between Oceans received mixed reviews from critics. On review aggregation website Rotten Tomatoes, the film has an approval rating of 59%, based on 133 reviews, with an average rating of 6.2/10. The site's critical consensus reads, "The Light Between Oceans presents a well-acted and handsomely mounted adaptation of its bestselling source material, but ultimately tugs on the heartstrings too often to be effective."This is a brilliantly acted film with some stunning scenery filmed in New Zealand. Both Michael <more>
Fassbender and Alicia Vikander put in two very strong performances, along with Rachel Weisz in a supporting role, and the film completely captures the period after the First World War. To me it seemed very much in the mode of 'The Piano' and equally as strong in terms of its dramatic dynamics and conflicts. I saw this film with my wife who was equally impressed so I think it has an appeal for both a female and male audience. Definitely should be an Oscar contender and both actors deserve a gong for their performances.
The light that makes us spellbinding! (by Lalpera)
Hardly a movie is so mesmerizing to me. Hardly a movie is so gripping and captivating for most cinema goers these days I believe. The Light Between Oceans is one such movie! I did not expect it to be so absorbing when I chose to watch it while having a day off. I just thought it could be a bit boring as the story is based on a faraway light house. But at the end I was glued in to my seat spellbound by its infinite beauty and strength; quite pleasantly captivated by great acting of Alicia Vikander and Michael Fassbender. Particularly Alicia truly lives in the character and wouldn't let <more>
your mind roam anywhere else. She makes it so real and emotional that you feel that it's you who is inside her character. I was just thinking how lucky we are that Alicia came to this world to make us so fulfilled with her spellbinding acting! One of the best scenes displayed with utmost acting talent was the scene Tom agreeing to Isabel's plea to adopt the child, keeping the incident a secret. The facial expressions and the body language of both Tom and Isabella are so natural and intense in those few minutes, you could be frozen to your seat! Fassbender plays the role equally well too, a character well displayed with his identical razor sharp eye and intense facial expressions. He needs no extra effort to play such a complex character as he is born with such fascinating acting talents. Rachel Weiz does justice to her role well but I believe her character belongs to a younger actress to match the story. You get to see great cinematography by Arkapov in such beauty that captures spellbinding New Zealand landscape at its best. It rhymes well with the melancholic music by Desplat. Last but not least I had never watched a movie by Derek Cianfrance before but he simply has done smart work by directing this ingenious epic. My only disappointment is towards the end of the movie, as the final scene building loses its momentum. When Tom is in remand the characters begin to lose cohesiveness a bit but it sinks further when Isabel passes away, Lucy is suddenly grown up and become a mother too, within the next five or ten minutes. That chaotic haste really smashes the beautiful rhythm so well built up throughout the movie. And the the age related make-up is totally hopeless as Tom still looks the same person even when Lucy is a mother and visits him after 25 years! However, all in all it's an engrossing cinematic experience that brings you the quality of film making and you will never regret watching such a great creation!!It is so sad that great sublime creations like this movie didn't even get a a single nomination for Academy awards in 2016, while a synthetic junk crap raked almost all the awards. It shows what a deep stinky Hollywood political sinkhole the Academy has sunk in to now!
The Light Between Oceans, is truly a film about broken people who have all suffered much heartache and loss in their lives. Some of them carry around this sadness for a long time and for others in the movie this emptiness and loss of joy, or any positive emotions at all will come later in the film due to the various situations and events that occur in these character's lives throughout the film. Some of the various tribulations and difficulties that these characters have experienced go right back to their childhood, or are even still occurring now as they are adults and the film <more>
doesn't shy away from showing sometimes the absolute despair and heartbreak that they are feeling and going through and while yet there were certainly sad parts of the movie, or others that people would declare to be depressing, I always did find rays of joy emanating from this film and through the characters and the decisions they make during the course of the film. For me to do an in depth summary of the plot of the film would be of no use to you the reader, or me because quite frankly in my opinion, I feel that the film's trailers give away more things about the film than they should have and in fact many of the things I would have liked to have experienced fresh and anew and for the first time during my watch of the film did not happen because of the trailers I had seen and I basically knew, or had a pretty good idea of what was going to happen in the end and what the major conflict and crises would be for the film itself. I do not hold this against the film in any way because it is still a great film and well worth your time and money to go and see it, but I feel that I was not as emotionally connected to the film, or it's story, or characters as much as I should have been which I do not blame on poor character study, or development, but simply because I had a very good idea of what was going to happen scene after scene and what the ultimate outcome may be. I think this just ultimately goes to show that studios need to be more careful with the handling and marketing of their films and not just give everything away, but give awe inspiring trailers and ones that will really resonate and make us want to see the film being advertised instead of giving everything away and having the rest of it to feel not connected, or feel the initial impact that the filmmakers had intended for you to have upon your first viewing. There certainly did seem to be a lot of difficulty for the distributors of this film and in a lot of ways I do not think they knew properly how to advertise and market this film which is really too bad because it is such a well made picture that the film should sell itself and in all honesty the Labour Day weekend is usually the worst time for new motion pictures to be released and I sadly cannot see this film doing good box office other than a select few audiences. However this is no fault of the film, or filmmakers whatsoever and what we have here is a story that as I said earlier, deals with sad and broken people and it also showcases the difficult decisions that they have to make a lot of which has to do with personal demons, or even feelings of guilt, or remorse. This comes to the more rewarding part of the film I mentioned earlier. While some of it is sad enough there is also a certain sense of dare I say happiness? This is because there are acts carried out by the characters of the film in which they put the welfare and what is best for others instead of themselves ultimately sacrificing their own happiness and well being to do what is right for others and also for the people they care for. This kind of sacrifice is what truly makes these characters honourable and memorable and not just the lost figures that I may have lead you to have believed. This is a story that may well be truer to life than what we may think and it goes to show that there are decent and honest people out there in the world and sometimes the decisions we make even if they aren't always the best decisions we usually do for our own benefit, or welfare, but in the end we all will have to pay a price, give sacrificially and ultimately give up a part of ourselves and in so showing this the film is more human and more heartfelt than many other recent films. This is a film with extraordinary acting from all three leads as well as gorgeous cinematography that certainly knows how to set the mood just right and writer/director Derek Cianfrance proves he is one of the best filmmakers working today and this is another creditable film in his already impressive filmography. The actors all deserve Oscars for their performances and this is a film that while it may seem sad, or even sappy has truly a message and a moral to it that will span generations and be sure to hit home to anyone watching this. A great film achievement that I hope does better with audiences that my pessimism earlier stated.
For those who were fans of the book, it was a great adaptation. It was slow, but that was certainly true to the book.The acting was excellent, and I loved the cast. Fassbender and Weisz are always winners, of course - Vikander I have enjoyed in the three movies I've seen her in. She was great when she needed to be great in this movie - there were some very dramatic and poignant scenes, and she pulled them off. I loved the cinematography – especially the scenes filmed on the island – the constant wind! That was something which was conveyed in the book, but it's hard to keep <more>
"constant ferocious screaming wind" in your head while reading, because it would be awful if it were mentioned every paragraph, yet it's easy to forget that crucial detail while reading – the movie definitely conveyed that. Very atmospheric. Yes, it was on the slow side - so don't watch it while drowsy, and you should be fine!
I don't read books, I watch movies. The only books I read are Comics. Also I don't appreciate people that exhibits vulgar display of power like the ones that posts: "Uh! I prefere the book...oh! the book is much better...OH! you should read the book...Oh! i can read...and yes, I read books, I'm smart...I'm sofisticated". Saying that, I think this movie is great. Loved it. Fassbender is one of the best actors alive. Love all his work. The pace is alright, the cinematography not bad, the story is good. But the drama, the interpretations, the dilemmas, the moral issues, <more>
are much more intense than any other movie i saw during the last decade. I think that it's impossible not feel very strong emotions when watching the movie. Actually I think it's impossible not to cry. I only wish that the soundtrack would be more envolving and intense. I mean it's not bad, but there's no "Vangelis" or "Zimmer" material here. And this movie deserves an epic song. It's very very strong. It's very very intense. One of the best dramas I ever saw. And like i said if you don't cry, i find it weird.
The film is a tragedy. It's neither a drama nor a romance. Somewhat like the film Legends of the Fall.If you are like me and you need a light at the end of the tunnel or a reason for all the grief and misery, and if like me you find the horrors of human suffering by which we are all surrounded, already too much, then you may find some difficulty with the themes in film.Nevertheless, this film was extraordinary.Yes, it made me yet again want to live and love in that earlier refined age.The story portrays a dynamic where all of the three main characters are in a circle of forgivenesses, <more>
repentances, and self-sacrifices, to one another; a circle where each one endlessly points back to the other.
You better take a box of Kleenex with you to the screening of #TheLightBetweenOceans because you're going to need it, trust me. Heartbreaking pretty much encapsulates the entirety of this film which from the start aims to drive its point home on an emotional level. Based on M.L. Stedman's best-selling novel, starring Michael Fassbender, Alicia Vikander, Rachel Weisz, Bryan Brown, and Jack Thompson, adapted and directed by Derek Cianfrance, THE LIGHT BETWEEN OCEANS is essentially about a lighthouse keeper and his wife living off the coast of Western Australia and they raise a baby they <more>
rescue from an adrift rowboat. But years later, the lighthouse keeper and his wife encounter the real mother of that baby. Should they go on with their lie and keep their child or do they tell the truth and risk losing her forever? I've never been a parent, so I don't know what it feels like, because I can only imagine that the fear or anxiety of the possibility of losing your child through any circumstance crosses the minds of every parent who wouldn't want such misfortune befalls them. In this case, it cuts even deeper because it's about miscarriage, to have that happen to a woman whose dream is to become a mother, it's the worst nightmare for her. In THE LIGHT BETWEEN OCEANS, I think Alicia Vikander plays that with such strong conviction and ferocity, so much so that even though you know her character is doing something wrong, a part of you wants her to get away with this act, because Vikander has made you feel sorrowful for what her character has gone through. It's a remarkable performance for a woman who won Oscar for last year's "The Danish Girl," you see THE LIGHT BETWEEN OCEANS and you'll immediately understand exactly why she deserves that statuette. And Michael Fassbender plays the lighthouse keeper husband with a conscience, the film does deal with fate, love, moral dilemmas, and how far you're willing to go to get your dreams realized after having previously seen them crushed a few times, what secrets would you keep to make those dreams realized and so Fassbender's moral compass keeps bugging him. Fassbender is so gentle and sturdy and calmed in this film. If you've seen director Derek Cianfrance's previous films, "Blue Valentine" and "The Place Beyond The Pines," you'd know that Cianfrance is not one to shy away from couples' confrontations, it's as if he wants his actors to really unleash their strongest resentment possible, so when conflict arises between Vikander's character and Fassbender's character or between Vikander and Rachel Weisz's character, it's so real and ugly that you wouldn't want to get in the middle of it otherwise they might come at you as well. The cinematography for this film is exquisite, such a beautifully designed, beautifully shot film, not to mention composer Alexandre Desplat's music, his emphasis on piano, that makes the emotional journey of these characters all the more deeply affecting. THE LIGHT BETWEEN OCEANS guarantees to tug at the heartstrings. -- Rama's Screen --
If you are not addicted to entertainment motion picture and you prefer deeper meaning. This movie is in my point of view a must watch. Metascore rated this movie 60 whilst it should be 75 minimum. Watch and if I am wrong please tell me why.Michael Fassbender just takes emotion to a very realistic place and portrays a man with fear , regrets , love. The decision he makes , as a man , we can relate to it. Alicia Vikander also takes you on a journey that helps you understand what being a parent mean and the sacrifices that comes along with it. Rachel Weisz plays her role very well and together <more>
with the two main actors gives us some very emotional scene. I was touched by this movie and blow away by the acting. Some beautiful shots are taken and really helps to get in the mood for something different , heartbreaking , questionable . The line between right and wrong can be difficult to see and this movie also decides not to give you what you expect. The narrative of the story is simple and yet very complicated once you try understand the reasons for certain decision. Without really realising you , as an audience you start to ask yourself , what would do , as a women , as a man. Questions like this scares people unfortunately , but I think we should embrace those movies that challenges you emotionally. It is part of who we are.
Amazing movie about relationship (by christian-larson)
The Light Between Oceans starts Michael Fassbender, Alicia Vikander and Rachel Weisz. And its the story of a couple living in a lighthouse and in the ocean they find a baby. And that's all I am going to say since the trailer again ruined some important plot points of the film. This movie is very slow but is the kind of movie in which almost everything is on point and it never goes to a route in which derails the movie, I was pleasantly surprised! I loved this film! The cinematography is amazing with a lot of shots of the ocean and the wind, it was truly jaw-dropping. The acting was also <more>
great, Michael Fassbender as always gives a brilliant performance. But the actress who surprised me a lot is Alicia Vikander. She is fantastic as this lady who has lost a lot and has a lot of regret. She was truly Oscar-worthy. The story was great as it is not only about the relationship between Tom and Isabel, but it's also about guilt, sadness, loss, etc. The ending floured me, I absolutely loved it. The only issue I have is that Toms and Isabels relationship is a bit rushed and with no real sense of direction, and the beginning is kind-off slow but then it picks it right back up the next 5 minutes. I had a great time with this film and i would recommend it to everybody who wants to experience a heart-breaking story that is actually realistic and authentic.