Derek Cianfrance's minimalist film cast away in its secluded lighthouse setting off the coast of Australia has a fascinating plot about a foundlingbaby washed ashore in a boat. It is a tangled love story that is really pared back to a monochrome canvas compared to the complexities of Blue Valentine and The Place Benyon the Pines.
Cianfrance's departure from a Cassavetes emulation is a very welcome change, but THE LIGHT BETWEEN OCEANS didn't bring with it the charming, degradating effects of love that both BLUE VALENTINE and THE PLACE BEYOND THE PINES had so particularly. It's not charming, but is effective, I think.
A technical tour-de-force from Cianfrance as usual, with cinematography, sound (crap score though) & editing hitting biblical levels. Fassbender begins & ends as a broken shell, trying "...to keep the light burning for whoever might need it". Vikander & Weisz do, considering the worst shit ever happens to them. You know that montage at the start of Up? It starts like that, but the sad part is the rest of the film.
Molto bello e delicato. Un drammone solido, che nel corso delle (tante) 2 ore e 15 cambia anche genere un paio di volte e si concede una parentesi ad alta tensione davvero interessante. All'inizio sembra quasi Shining, con quelle premesse, la puzza di malattia metnale e l'isolamento. Fassbender come al solito intensissimo, se recitasse l'Ave Maria convincerebbe pure me. La Vikander bravissima e dolcissima.
though not great, the setup (which makes up a lot of the runtime) has got a lot of good moments - I haven't felt a character's pain like this in a long time. when the plot kicks in, too much happens. nothing feels earned. the moral dilemma is too complex for what the film can handle. a lot of the scenes feel unnecessary. the ending is cheap. but the message is nice - it could just do without the melodrama.
People of the world, we need to talk about Alicia Vikander. She's not good. Look at Rachel Weisz in this film. She has a single introductory scene which explains her character and you feel for her. Two hours of Vikander and I felt nothing, absolutely nothing. She's the villain of this movie.
Yeah, it's beautiful and Vikander and Fassbender are really fucking good at that whole "acting" thing but it feels deeply silly when its story begins in earnest. I could've watched another hour on the island watching Fassbender rediscover his humanity and left genuinely confused by the fact that Derek Cianfrance lapsed into such melodrama. 2.5*
"The Light"'s neatly stacked pile of ethical prodings never really collapse into the tragedy where it wants to go (it reaches its most beautiful moment using Tavener's Funeral Canticle, biting Malick) and aren't static enough for the melodrama where it wants to stay. So we remain in a limbo: but it is a very pretty, quaint, and engaging one: not hard to fall in love with Vikander's earnestness.