Film Reviews
The Light Between Oceans (Rated: 12A)

Love Bridgnorth’s film reviewer Charlie Pugh really enjoyed this film and would highly recommend it.
Showing at Bridgnorth’s Majestic Cinema daily: 5:30pm and 8:20pm
Years after returning from World War I and unsuccessfully trying to start a family, lighthouse keeper (Micheal Fassbender) and his wife (Alicia Vikander), who live off the coast of Western Australia, raise a baby girl whom they’ve rescued from a drifting rowing boat. Their seemingly kind intentions result in unforeseen tragic consequences.

The Light Between Oceans works as a sweet, yet thought-provoking film about how good intentions can sometimes go horribly wrong. Although the narrative does seem a bit emotionally manipulative at times due to certain events happening that could have been solved easily if the characters were willing to talk to one another, it surpasses these issues due to careful handling of the  impossible questions over who gets to keep the child when certain events occur.

As well as having beautiful cinematography of the family’s lighthouse island, and a haunting score from Alexandre Despalt, both Micheal Fassbender and Alicia Vikander perform amazingly and special mention must go to the underrated Jack Thompson who does a heartwarming job as the friendly local, Ralph Addicott.

Overall, it may not be the best Oscar-contender of the year, but The Light Between Oceans is a beautiful, yet heartbreaking analysis on the consequences of good deeds.

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