Jeff's Reviews

Thoughts on every movie I've ever seen.

The Light Between Oceans (2016)

Directed by Derek Cianfrance

Starring Michael Fassbender, Alicia Vikander, Rachel Weisz, Florence Clery


Gently paced, cleanly told, beautifully shot. Some of the shots are subtle but carefully chosen and metaphorical. This is a polished, smart movie.

Fassbender’s performance is wonderfully restrained, and the old age make-up and performance is spot-on. Vikander, with her wonderfully expressive puppy dog eyes, puts in a great dramatic performance of her own. Even Weisz does her part. And the casting of the child at different ages is great.

Characters, acting, and costumes are all authentic for the period. Oscar consideration?

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