Film Review

The Light Between Oceans: Review

Directed by Derek Cianfrance (The Place Beyond The Pines) and bringing together the acting talents of Michael Fassbender (X-Men: Days of Future Past, 12 Years a Slave), Alicia Vikander (Jason Bourne) and Rachel Weisz (Oz: The Great and Powerful), The Light Between Oceans follows a time in the life of a lighthouse keeper and his wife off the coast of Western Australia, and how they raise a baby that they have rescued from a rowboat that drifts up to their small corner of the world.

The story is a straight forward one, about love and what one is capable of doing for the sake of love. But it certainly begs the question, of how far we would go for love, or what we are capable of doing for the ones we love. Can we really find happiness and peace if we have to cross some line in order to achieve this?

The cast bring a fantastic ensemble performance, tugging at the heart strings, and evoking a number of emotions. Each character has traits that one will love, and traits that one will hate, bringing all these to a boil in the small world they inhabit, crossing paths all too often, and eventually having to not only face each other, but themselves too.

Thoroughly engrossing, The Light Between Oceans is a work of art, in all aspects. Not forgetting the cinematography, and subtleties of the score, this is certainly a film that is bound to be enjoyed by all who venture forth and experience what it has to offer.

The Light Between Oceans will likely leave viewers with one burning question at the end. Who do they tell to go see this? It’s hard to pin-point exactly who to recommend the film to, yet most people will sing its praises once they’ve had the chance. This is sure to be one of those late-night chance films, that one happens across, and which turns out to be totally enthralling, engrossing, and a wonderful experience.

By Andrew Germishuys

Founder of SAMDB, Andrew has worked full time in the film industry since the early 2000's. He has trained as an actor, completing his LAMDA Gold Medal, and attending many courses in Cape Town acting studios, with masterclasses with some of the international industries top directors, producers and filmmakers.

Working as an actor and armourer in the film and television industry have given Andrew a great balance of skills across the board when it comes to the entertainment industry.

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