• 4/5

I learned something about myself in watching the melodrama The Light Between Oceans, and that is that my perspective watching Western movies has changed after watching so many Indian films. I only got a little misty at the very ending. It was meant to tug at my heartstrings, but it didn"t affect me very strongly. (Meanwhile, the friend with me who has an adopted son, cried through most of the second half.) The film is beautifully shot. It's gorgeous scenery, and I can"t find fault with the excellent acting of Michael Fassbender and Alicia Virkander. It just felt a little flat to me. Michael Fassbender plays Tom Sherbourne, a veteran of WWI who thinks spending months alone working on an island as the lighthouse keeper sounds wonderful. He's looking forward to peace and quiet. Just before he leaves for the island of Janus, he meets the vivacious Isabel. Isabel has lost both her brothers to the war, and there's a quick reference to the lack of available men. Tom and Isabel write to each other, and after knowing each other hardly at all, decide to get married. The only way she could even visit the Island of Janus is as the wife of the lighthouse keeper. I liked the romance portion at the beginning of the film. Tom is reserved and numb from the war, and Isabel brings joy and life back to Tom. Read the entire review here: https://moviemavengal.com/2016/09/11/the-light-between-oceans-beautiful-scenery-and-beautiful-acting-in-this-melodrama/

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