Movie Review: ‘The Light Between Oceans’


The lovely people at Think Jam sent me these lovely packages for a viewing party for five, so I gathered my friends and family and we sat down, made some popcorn (and tea) and watched it one Saturday morning.

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I went into this knowing it was a romance, but I had no idea there was just so many other parts that would make me sit up and take notice. I had no idea it would be so realistic? I couldn’t help but feel so sorry for the characters, Tom and Isabel. Just knowing what they went through would probably devastate anyone. I love how the film touched upon Tom’s moral obligations. His past alluded to him feeling a sense of wrongness about the whole plan that Isabel dragged him through. Obviously we as the audience knew that Isabel could not handle another negative experience like she did, so Tom had to protect her. I didn’t like how Isabel didn’t hear Tom through, she just went ahead and did what she wanted without considering his feelings and by the end, I was throughly exasperated with her. Luckily she managed to redeem herself. I love how the film touched upon both of their hardships, but I would have loved to know more about their back-stories, especially Tom’s experience in the war.

Michael Fassbender stars as Tom Sherbourne and Alicia Vikander as his wife Isabel in DreamWorks Pictures poignant drama THE LIGHT BETWEEN OCEANS, written and directed by Derek Cianfrance based on the acclaimed novel by M.L. Stedman.

The cinematography was just beautiful. The location where they shot this movie was exquisite, especially when the sun rose in the sky. It would make some beautiful opening shots. The plot was pretty much perfect even though it was fairly predictable. The only thing I had a problem with and so did two others in our movie viewing party was that it was dragging. There can only be so many montage scenes where we see time progress, but I grew bored of those, and just wanted to find out what happened. I was pretty impatient to get to the ending lol

Overall, a movie I would highly recommend for anyone who is interested in a romantic drama. I can’t wait to read the book to see the differences and to read more about the characters.

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Be Swept Away by DreamWorks Pictures’ Romantic Love Story

On Digital HD, and Blu-ray™ Jan. 24

An award-winning cast brings to life the best-selling novel about love and consequences

BURBANK, Calif., Nov. 1, 2016 — On Jan. 24, DreamWorks Pictures’ “The Light Between Oceans,” a lush, classical romance, starring two-time Academy Award® nominee Michael Fassbender (Best Actor, Steve Jobs), Oscar® winner Alicia Vikander (Best Supporting Actress, The Danish Girl), and Oscar and Golden Globe® winner Rachel Weisz (Best Supporting Actress, The Constant Gardener), arrives home on Digital HD, Blu-ray™, DVD and On-Demand. The mesmerizingly beautiful film is based on the 2012 best-selling novel by M.L. Stedman, which swept readers away with its transporting story of fate, love, moral dilemmas and the lengths one couple will go to see their hard-fought dreams realized.

The in-home release of “The Light Between Oceans” will carry audiences even deeper into this timeless tale of love and impossible choices through never-before-seen bonus features, including a documentary which reveals director Derek Cianfrance’s unique approach that allowed the all-star cast to embody their characters and examine the power of love; a historical look at New Zealand’s Cape Campbell Lighthouse that serves as Janus Rock, a key element in Stedman’s novel; and insightful and in-depth audio commentary led by Cianfrance.

Cianfrance was transfixed by M.L. Stedman’s writing and remained faithful to her book, explaining, “The most meaningful compliment on the film I’ve received so far was from Stedman herself, who said she spent the day weeping after attending a screening … weeping because she felt that she was understood.” According to Stedman, “The result is an exquisitely beautiful and emotionally authentic film that stays true to the spirit of my novel, yet also embodies the deeply personal interpretation of the director and his actors. It’s been a great privilege to watch it come into being.”

DreamWorks Pictures’ “The Light Between Oceans” stars Michael Fassbender as Tom Sherbourne, a young combat veteran and lighthouse keeper on a remote island off the coast of Western Australia; Alicia Vikander as Isabel Graysmark, the beautiful and spirited daughter of the school headmaster on the mainland of Partageuse; Rachel Weisz as Hannah Roennfeld, a resident of Partageuse who is desperately hoping to find her husband and baby lost at sea; Bryan Brown as Septimus Potts, Hannah’s wealthy, influential father; and Jack Thompson as Ralph, a salty, sea-faring skipper. The film is written for the screen and directed by Derek Cianfrance based on the novel by M.L. Stedman and produced by Oscar-nominee David Heyman, p.g.a. and Jeffrey Clifford, p.g.a. The executive producers are Tom Karnowski, Rosie Alison, Jeff Skoll and Jonathan King.

Bonus features include*:


  • Bringing The Light to Life – For weeks, the cast and crew of “The Light Between Oceans” lived in trailers on Cape Campbell, an isolated region of New Zealand, to film the movie adaptation of the best-selling novel. This documentary chronicles the unique approach and shooting style of director Derek Cianfrance and the production journey that inspired Michael Fassbender, Alicia Vikander and Rachel Weisz to fully embody their characters and explore the power and depths of love.
  • Audio Commentary – View the film accompanied by an in-depth and thoughtful conversation between director Derek Cianfrance and his film studies professor Phil Solomon.
  • Lighthouse Keeper – The filmmakers, cast and Cape Campbell Lighthouse inspector/maintainer Rob Sword share the history of the lighthouse and explain the typical duties a lighthouse keeper like Tom Sherbourne would have during an assignment on Janus Island.


  • Audio Commentary





  1. Michelle

    February 16, 2017 at 10:06 PM

    I can tell from the trailer that the movie is cinematographically beautiful, but was not sure if the plot is interesting enough. MaybeI’ll just give it a try. Thanks for the great review Giselle.

    • giselle

      March 1, 2017 at 10:21 PM

      Thanks Michelle! Yeah give it a try and see. I liked it enough so I have to get to the book 🙂

  2. Melissa

    February 7, 2017 at 3:40 PM

    I enjoyed the book but haven’t seen the movie yet. Isabel was definitely a bit exasperating and I can see how it would not translate well and might drag a bit. I still can’t wait to see it.
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    • giselle

      February 14, 2017 at 10:52 AM

      Bet the book is loads better (as it always is!) 😛

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