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The Light Between Oceans Review (2016) | Tears you Apart | Profound

The Light Between Oceans left me speechless. I hadn’t broken down to a good drama in days. The Light Between Oceans had me in tears and excruciating chokes. The movie saunters on the theme of love, culpability, repentance, sacrifice and forgiveness, and it aces all of it owing to its ravishing direction and extraordinary performances. And that is just the plot of it. The flick’s stunning cinematography and Alexandre Desplat’s heart-melting music are constantly yet peacefully uplifting its standards of beauty, playing second fiddle.


Derek Cianfrance has become one of my favourite directors. His 2010 movie Blue Valentine had me instantly arrested. Not for the fact that it capered around the concept of love, rather how he was bold enough to show both sides of the coin, that too in a rare engrossing rhythm. Also, he gave us ample time to reflect. When we consider the latter aspect, The Light Between Oceans stays no different.

still of Alicia Vikander and Michael Fassbender as Isabel and Tom

Cianfrance focuses on the most phenomenal aspects whilst directing. You can feel the warmth in his frames as he successfully depicts love, zooms in on minuscule ingredient of despair, repentance by focusing in on faces of the protagonists to read their thoughts and gravity via the arduous vibes in the air. He allows characters to speak their feelings out with their acting alone and doesn’t resort to theatrics. It retains the patience of time in it, which compels you to read them carefully.


To say that the cast was good would be an understatement. They were outrageously fantastic! There is nothing Michael Fassbender can’t do. A war veteran who has returned from death seeks solitude to reflect on what remains of him. His Tom Sherbourne has a musing countenance, a man of few words, and he brims it up with credence. With the arrival of Isabel Graysmark played convincingly well by Alicia Vikander, life finds a new meaning for him. Together they make love very touching. Also, their chemistry has a rare blend of the extraordinaire. I can’t even begin to marvel at their acting prowess. Their faces feel like they are literally living the story. I mean just look at the movie’s poster; it talks!

Rachel Weisz’s Hannah Roennfeldt is equally mesmerizing. She plays a very authentic grieving woman that will have you concentrate on her every syllable.

still of florence clery and michael fassbender in the light between oceans movie

Florence Clery was a perfect fit for Lucy-Grace. If she wouldn’t have been that adorable, then the audience would have failed to see what the fight was for. She is downright enchanting!


In those solitary runs to the Lighthouse, the terrific composer Alexandre Desplat underlines and hands us over a perfect backdrop imploring our reflective moods. That’s one rare corner I find myself going lucky inadvertently. I have had the good hap of watching plenty of movies with Desplat in the background, and he never fails to create a magical whirlwind of toneful melody. If you close your eyes, you will feel it literally begging for ovation.

Just when you thought, “Can it go any better than that?” Well, there arrives its magnificent plot.


Amidst the harmonious notes, and alluring images of the sea, that calls for enough love, comes a situational conundrum that hangs on its thin wire of decisions. Isabel makes the wrong one, forcing a whirlpool of guilt to swallow Tom up.

A baby arrives in a dinghy which the unfortunate arid Isabel is keen on keeping. She goes so blind in love, she overlooks the fact that a dead man arrived in it too. She coaxes Tom into keeping it and burying the man without informing anybody about it. Along with the cadaver of the man they bury their secret too and the world doesn’t know. Nobody knows that underneath the blinding light of the beacon slept a corrigible mistake patiently waiting for their guilt to nibble them up.

Then one day, it happens. He finds Hannah the original mother grieving for her child and husband. The constant gut-wrenching wrongdoing eats him alive.

still of michael fassbender in tears in The Light between Oceans movie

You could see in those rare frames of Cianfrance, tears of Michael Fassbender lingering in his unsure eyes. What follows, reeks of unrivalled gravitas that will definitely rip you apart. I was shattered beyond limit; Cianfrance made sure of that.

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There are so many good things that I take away from The Light Between Oceans. Its powerful screenplay makes me want to revisit it to concentrate enough to remember – Exact words that were spoken. Exact amount of tears that were spent when the poor little child, who had no clue why was she being taken away from her mother cries for her mom. Hannah’s endless scrimmage to get back Lucy even when she did.

still of rachel weisz as Hannah in the light between oceans movie

The fierce abomination that lurked in Isabel’s eyes for Tom, who became a murderer of dreams almost instantly. The zen in her orbs to see Lucy again. Tom’s selfless colossal sacrifice. When Isabel finally reads that letter that changes her heart.

Then when finally Lucy-Grace returns in the epilogue to meet a shriveled Tom. When she understands, comprehends every bit, and thanks him for taking care of her. When she reads Isabel’s letter. And then when she eventually hugs her. That look of contentment in his eyes, that little smile that had somehow gone lost in time returns.

I cannot thank M. L. Stedman enough to have thought something so unusual and exhilarating. Bravo!

Those who wish to read the book, which I am told is even better, can get it from here on Amazon:

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The Imitation Game Review (2014)

The Imitation Game is a beautiful glimpse into the head of a prodigy.

 “Are you paying attention? Good. If you are not listening carefully, you will miss things. Important things. I will not pause, I will not repeat myself, and you will not interrupt me. You think that because you’re sitting where you are, and I am sitting where I am, that you are in control of what is about to happen. You’re mistaken. I am in control, because I know things that you do not know.”

The flick takes birth with the aforementioned enthralling screenplay that smells of confidence dripping off Cumberbatch’s brainiac-avatar. We like to listen to him that way. His bold voice that reeks of Smaug fury. That voice of Khan that reminds us of his sharp demeanor that he beautifully donned and carried throughout Star Trek. He literally breathes on screenplay. Don’t you just wish screenwriters had more badass words to feed him?

Enigma is impossible to crack. So the world told him. Alan Turing, the prodigy who defied a relentless encrypting machine, was the person responsible for reducing the devastating span of war that engulfed Europe by two years. The Father of Artificial Intelligence played God to minimize casualties and nobody knew. The biopic is a tribute to Turing which eases through 114 minutes of brilliance manifesting his love life, his genius, his eureka and his sorry demise.

Cumberbatch as the polymath works extremely hard to project a guy who is different from the rest by imparting him an apt stammer and a clumsy gravity. Alexandre Desplat weaves magic in the background with his brilliant notes. Morten Tyldum’s direction is good but there are times when you feel it could have gone better. Since, directors believe viewers to be laymen, most of them don’t venture into the technical. What I personally believe is that a little bit fathomable technical is a welcome inclusion and if a director makes you understand the what and the how of the work entailed, big things like cracking a code should give you an equal and exact amount of thrill as projected by the protagonist. Precisely what the flick missed.

Turing is a war hero often unsung and overlooked. What he gave the world is truly precious. Somehow something tells me, this guy’s life deserves a series to portray minute crucial details that couldn’t be possibly condensed in a movie. The grandeur of what he was doing and what he did is beyond time. A flick doesn’t do justice to his remarkable life.

The Imitation Game rivets you with Alan’s ingenious almost instantly. Desplat’s notes make sure that you don’t get a jaded moment at all. Whilst Cumberbatch ensures you witness a prodigy. Goode, Knightley, Dance and Strong fill the screen aptly with their effective and memorable presence. Overall the movie turns out brilliant.

A great biopic to watch! Highly recommended.