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Film Review: ‘The Light Between Oceans’!!

by Janet White on Sep 2nd, 2016

Hello Everyone, Janet W. here…

The Light Between Oceans - Shearborns

 

1918, Thomas Edward Sherbourne (Michael Fassbender) is seeking solace from the violence and trauma brought on by WWI.   He heads to Janus Rock, Western Australia, to become a lighthouse keeper. The isolation and seclusion seems like paradise to a mind numbed to the point of death until he meets Isabel Graysmark (Alicia Vikander). Is there such a thing as love at first sight? Tom and Isabel explore love and family in The Light Between Oceans.  

 

Derek Cianfrance, director, brings a powerful tale of the bonds of love and the trials they endure. I’ve never seen a Cianfrance film before, but I will say the experimental use of angles and lighting were a hit with me. Australia and New Zealand are so beautiful and Cianfrance captures their majesty so well. The pace needed adjusting though. Some portions of the plot were dragged out to a slow crawl.

The Light Between Oceans - Lucy & Tom

 

Fassbender, quickly becoming one of my favorite actors, gives a stellar performance. He just has the ability to pull so much emotion out of a look. This man is an ace. He gave a deep soul to Erik Lehnsherr/Magneto in my beloved X-Men series, robotic stoicism with David the artificial human in Prometheus, and, my first encounter, as fiery Stelios in 300. Vikander was amazing as Isabel. I have only seen Vikander in Ex Machina where she was quite the convincing as A.I. being. I was hoping for a bigger presence for two of my favorite actors Rachel Weisz (Hannah Potts Roenfeldt) and Bryan Brown (Septimus Potts). Weisz was great in The Mummy series. Brown has rocked my world since F/X series and Cocktail. The surprise of the film was adorable little Florence Clery as Lucy/Grace. She is a gem with great timing and/or editing. Clery was often the scene-stealer even with the charisma of her acting counterparts.

tThe Light Between Oceans - Lighthouse

 

The Light Between Oceans, based on the best selling novel by M. L. Stedman, presents a great lesson in love and forgiveness (a common theme of late in contemporary cinema). In fact, one of the most practical reasons for forgiving people is well described here. The pacing was a little slow. However, the sound design is quite formidable, but don’t overshadow the narrative it really drives it instead. Don’t forget tissues, because the emotional highs are heart wrenching. Tom and Isabel are a tidal of all-consuming love. What wouldn’t you do for real love? What would you do because of real love? Experience the love!

LET IT WASH OVER YOU

Janet L. White

Your friendly straightforward neighborhood critic

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Attalus:
To Philip and Eurydice and to their legitimate sons! To Philip...
[Alexander throws a wine cup at him]
Hephaistion:
Alexander, don't...
Alexander:
And what am I? You son of a dog. Come then.
[Attalus throws his cup at Alexander and soon a fight breaks out]
Philip:
Shut up! Shut up all of you! This is my wedding, not some public brawl!
[Looks at Alexander]
Philip:
Apologize by Zeus, before you dishonor me.
Alexander:
You defend the man that called my mother a whore and me a bastard? And I dishonor you?
Philip:
Ah!You listen more like your mother. Attalus is my family now, the same as you.
Alexander:
Then choose your relatives more carefully. Don't expect me to sit here and watch you shame yourself.
Philip:
Shame?
Attalus:
You insult me!
Alexander:
I insult you? Am I not fit to lick the ground my mother walks on?
Philip:
Shame?
Alexander:
You dog, questioning your Queen.
Philip:
Shame? I have nothing to be ashamed of you arrogant brat. I'll marry the girl if I want, and I'll have as many sons as I want, and there's nothing that you or your harpy mother can do about it!
Alexander:
Why, drunken man, must you think everything I do and say comes from my mother?
Philip:
Because I know her heart, by Hera. And I see her in your eyes. You covet this throne too much. Now we all know that she-wolf for a mother of yours wants me dead. Well, you can both dream boy.
[Grabs his genitalia in a mocking way]
Parmenion:
Come Philip, it is the wine talking. Leave the boy, it can wait till the morning.
Philip:
Now! I command you, apologize to your kinsman.
[Alexander stands in silence looking at Attalus]
Philip:
Apologize.
Alexander:
His no kinsman to me. Good night old man, and when my mother remarries, I'll invite you to her wedding.
[Walks away]
Philip:
You bastard! You'll obey me. Come here.
[Alexander looks at Philip and continues to walk away, Philip grabs his sword and prepares to attack Alexander, but falls to the ground]
Alexander:
[Alexander sees Philip fall] And this is the man who's going to take you from Greece to Persia? He can't even make it from one couch to the next.
Philip:
Get out of my palace. Your exiled you bastard. Vanished from the land.You're not welcomed here. You're no son of mine.
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