Something before kept me from watching ‘The Light Between The Oceans.’ I remember being at the cinemas, ready to watch the film, when I suddenly felt ill, and immediately took an Uber home. I remember there was a second attempt when I was on vacation in Miami, but something also prevented me. So I was telling myself, maybe when the time is right, I will finally get to see this movie. Well, that time finally arrived today, as here I am, still recuperating from my flu, and I told myself why not, today is as good a time as any.
This film is based on M.L. Stedman’s bestseller, one of those ubiquitous ones every subway rider seems to be reading. I had it on my to-be-read pile, but never got to it. I guess it would have been good reference to have read it, because I was underwhelmed with the story of this film, centering on a couple, played by Michael Fassbender and Alicia Vikander. He suffered from WWI, and to escape moved to Janus Rock in Western Australia. She meets him instantly, and they fall in love. I found that part a little too quick, and at the same time not enough. I am sure the book gives their relationship much more texture than what I got from the movie. they try to gave kids, but Isabel (Vikander) suffers two miscarriages. The movie swiftly turns soapy – the couple finds a baby with a dead man on a dinghy, and they decide to not report it, and keep the child. Complications arise, of course. Fassbender and Vikander give very good performances – Fassbender specifically is able to convey a man very much pained in his before and present. I read that both actors fell in love with each other while filming the movie, and I guess that made me look for some hot chemistry between them, and perhaps I was looking too hard that I found myself wanting. (I feel the same way about Brangelina – cute looking people but cold together on screen) Fate, perhaps was previously trying to hinder me from discovering what I would be inevitable regarding how I would feel regarding this movie – underwhelmed. What seems weird here is that this movie, on paper, seems to be exactly the kind I would like, but maybe in that case, I should stick to paper and just read the book.