Everything You Need to Know About: ‘The Light Between Oceans’
This weekend, The Light Between Oceans sails into theaters offering a period love story with no shortage of tragedy, sweeping ocean views and some striking actors. So, if you’re headed to the multiplex with romance on your mind, here’s all the details including some new reviews.
What’s it about?
Tom Sherbourne (Fassbender) is a WWI veteran who falls for a girl named Isabel (Vikander). In no time, the couple are married and living in isolation attending to a lighthouse on an island off the coast of Western Australia. However, the newlyweds struggle to conceive. But just when they are at their lowest, a boat washes ashore carrying a child, setting their lives on a new and devastating course.
Why should I care?
Romances aren’t for everyone and tragic romances probably garner even smaller crowds. But for those chosen few who enjoy a go-for-broke weepie flick — this one packs a wallop.
Here’s what the critics are saying:
“Regardless of how The Light Between Oceans affects you — visually, dramatically or through the fierce, tormented emotions it provokes — affect you it will.”
-John Anderson [Wall Street Journal]
“I’m just not sure anyone could have turned this soap opera material into anything other than a sweeping, credibility-stretching, overwrought… soap opera.”
-Richard Roeper [Chicago Sun-Times]
“It builds a gripping morality play, with characters as fierce and hardened as the choppy waves that crash onto the shore from all directions.”
-Andrew Lapin [NPR]
“The Light Between Oceans is easily one of the year’s most visually stunning films. Ironically, it’s also one of the most difficult to watch.”
-Tony Hicks [San Jose Mercury News]