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The Light Between Oceans [Blu-ray]
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Lighthouse keeper Tom Sherbourne (Michael Fassbender) and radiant, spirited Isabel (Alicia Vikander) live together in married bliss on a remote, rugged island off the coast of Australia. But their windswept world is turned upside down when Isabel learns that she's unable to bear a child. One day, a drifting lifeboat washes ashore with a crying baby in it. The dilemma the couple now face will echo far beyond the island, engulfing and irrevocably impacting their world -- and that of a stranger (Rachel Weisz) -- in a passionate story about love, hope, and a fateful choice. Get swept away by this stunning film, with an exclusive bonus Audio Commentary that will pull you deeper in.
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-- a brilliantly acted movie
-- philosophically rich
-- stunning scenery, which is very symbolic of the main movie conflicts; this is something that would be hard to picture while reading the book, but the movie did a really god job picturing the atmosphere expressed in writing.
-- the problem brought forth by the movie appeals equally to men and women
-- despite deepest tragedies, the movie is somewhat life-affirming and doesn't give a one-sided view of what is right or what is wrong - the judgement rests with the viewer
-- a box of Cleanex may be much needed
-- long, sometimes boring and action-deficient
-- although the acting is magnificent, the characters are not fully developed -- possibly due to little action.. At the end of the movie, I cannot say much about the main characters, I feel I don't know them a lot..
Still I would recommend watching this movie. Despite it's long, heavy, and a little boring, it's so much better than other stupid movies on the market. It makes you think and reconsider your life values. And -- most important -- it gives good life lessons.
Tom Sherbourne, played by Michael Fassbender, gives a superb performance as a WWI veteran just returning from the War and probably has PTSD. Tall of stature, thin, non talkative, sharp and intelligent, he does not speak often. He has applied to be the Light House keeper on a remote island in Australia. He meets his boss's daughter, Isabel, played by Alicia
Vikander. An instant attraction between the two, and after a time they marry. Happy times on the island, u tilmtwo miscarriages cause them such grief. Miraculously, a canoe washes up with a dead man and a baby. The baby girl, they name Lucy, and Isabel begs Tom to let them keep her. A couple ofyears go by.
But we know happiness is fleeting, and Tom carries such guilt. The marriage falls apart, Lucy leaves, and life is not what it once was. This us a film filmed with the music swelling and descending and swelling again. We can feel what the emotions must be, and the factors are paragons. They are so good, glances, shrugs, expressions, but there is something that is not quite right. The his was an excelkent film, but it was missing the emotional tugs thatcshoukd have been there the entire film, not just at the end.
Recommended. prisrob 02-16-17
Our screening audience found it unpredictable and we discussed whether or not it is a chick flick. Granted there is no CGI, no gunfire, no vehicular mayhem and no blowie uppie stuff. There IS a lovely montage of a newly married couple finding comfort and happiness in each other. Maybe it IS a chick flick, but the men seemed to be interested in this moral dilemma and the legal issues involved.
Here is a part of the highly acclaimed cast:
* Michael Fassbender ("Steve Jobs") Pensive widower and WWI veteran Tom, is a decent man. He understands the moral issues involved and is determined to do the right thing. On the other hand, he knows what Isabel is suffering.
* Alicia Vikander ("The Man From UNCLE") Isabel is thrilled that her arms are no longer empty. Her response is atavistic and primitive, an overwhelming maternal need for a child. The presence of this wonderful actress elevates her costar's game. Fassbender rises to the challenge.
* Rachel Weisz ("Oz the Great and Powerful") Hannah is a grieving mother; is there a scant chance that her baby might still be alive?
* Florence Cleary (in her debut) Lucy-Grace is the center of the controversy. Who is her mother? This child is so beautifully directed it's hard to tell that she even knows there is a camera anywhere around. Notice in particular the scene with the tiara made of flowers. Any parent would fight for the right to raise this sweetheart!
* Jack Thompson ("The Great Gatsby") Ralph has seen it all and nothing gets by him. His unsolicited advice is pretty good, too!
* Bryan Brown ("The Good Wife") Hannah's father Septimus understands his little granddaughter very well; AND she loves that he rides a horse!
This is PG-13, so expect adult topics and two extremely well-acted miscarriages. For an actress who, to the best of my knowledge has never had a child, Vikander avoids all of the screaming and histrionics so often employed by other actresses. Her affection for her husband and her little girl just radiate from the screen. In addition, you may smile at the difference between a "real" Aussie version of "Waltzing Matilda" and the simpler song taught in American schools.
Adam Arkapaw's cinematography is worthy of mention. We are dazzled by landscapes, seascapes, stormy seas, quiet seas, remote harbors, rocks, meadows, churches, the lighthouse and the incessant wind. We see quiet beaches, sunsets, moonrises, rainstorms, and busy waterfronts. All are terrific.
Even though not one of the three leads attempted to replicate an Australian accent, we liked this one, but if you have hearing problems see this in a theater with Closed Captions or wait for the DVD.