THE LIGHT BETWEEN OCEANS

PG-13

This is one of the most beautiful movies you will ever see. The cinematography is just gorgeous. Filmed in New Zealand, the shots of the ocean, town, sunrises and sunsets are amazing, but they extend the film to two hours and twelve minutes so the film drags just a little especially in the beginning when you aren’t yet into the story.

“The Light Between Oceans” is about a lighthouse keeper, a World War I veteran, and his wife living off the coast of Western Australia, raise a baby they rescue from an adrift rowboat.

Michael Fassbender and Alicia Vikander star as Tom Sherbourne and his wife, Isabel Graysmark. Rachael Weisz is Hannah Roennfeldt. The acting in this film is spot-on. This is a role that really showcases the talented Vikander. Fassbender is excellent as a straight arrow soldier who is suffering from survivor’s guilt and rarely shows his emotions until he falls in love with the vivacious Isabel.

In real life, Fassbender and Vikander are married so the interplay between husband and wife becomes even more interesting. It reminded me a little of Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton.

“The Light Between Oceans” was directed by Derek Cianfrance. Cianfrance also wrote the screenplay based on the debut novel by M.L. Stedman by the same name, “The Light Between Oceans.”

The scenery was gorgeous. This movie works as a travelogue, because you want to pack your bags and head to New Zealand. The sunsets and sweeping ocean views were spectacular.

The music was hauntingly beautiful and the sound of the ocean and storms lent to the emotional state of the characters.

Just when you thought you figured out what was going to happen, there was a twist that changed everything. This is a very thoughtful, beautiful movie. I thought this was going to be a chick flick but I don’t think it really is. This is a great film for date night. I think it is a good story, but do not go to this movie without Kleenex, you will need them.

“The Light Between Oceans” opens Friday at AMC Showplace Edwardsville 12