I wasn't really sure what I would think of this film, but the two main actors alone were enough to make me want to see the film. I'm not usually a huge fan of romantic dramas, however, this film ended up impressing me quite a bit.
The writing of the film is more thoughtful than most in the same genre. It has a lot to say about morality and isolation. The plot weaves this into the storyline throughout the whole film, keeping it consistently interesting. The characters are also extremely well-developed, with the first 45 minutes of the film being character development before the main events of the plot occur. I think that this was definitely a strong choice on the part of the writers in that we come to sympathize with the protagonists early on in the film. Despite this, the audience's sense of humanity towards the antagonist brilliantly conflicts with their sympathy for the protagonists. Yes, it does have moments specifically designed to be tear-jerking, however, even these moments serve to aid the plot development. There does, however, seem to be a sense of disregard for the passage of time during the film, but it is not excessively distracting.
There are a lot of phenomenal technical elements involved with the film, too. Obviously, the performances by Vikander and Fassbender are amazing. Vikander's emotions are perfect, causing the audience to be fully absorbed into the world of the characters. Fassbender delivers his dialogue impeccably, creating a believable romance between the characters. Weisz is also very good in her role, which was undoubtedly hard to conquer. The cinematography of the film is beautiful. So many shots of the ocean are found in the film, and they are truly awe-inspiring. The score by Alexandre Desplat is also phenomenal, accompanying the tone of the film perfectly.
So overall, I really loved "The Light Between Oceans". The performances were great, and the writing was much more profound than I had expected. I highly recommend it for fans of the genre or for fans of the actors.
The Light Between Oceans
Big Tuna's Rating: A
How Did I Watch It?: In theaters.
Had I Seen It Before?: No.
Would I Watch It Again?: Probably.
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