After watching the trailer for “The Light Between Oceans,” I was ready for a really good tearjerker based on a popular novel about a married couple who miscarry but then miraculously find a baby floating at sea. As the only two residents of an island, where their sole job is to run the lighthouse, they decide to keep the baby and raise it as their own. But a few years later, they encounter a woman who just may be the true mother of the child they took in.
How could you not cry when witnessing such heartbreaking choices?
My main problem with the film was that there really was no drama. I was expecting to experience characters facing some real moral dilemmas but the story is very predictable and straightforward throughout. There are absolutely no surprises and it basically takes you from Point A to Point B fully on the straight and narrow. “The Light Between Oceans” turned out to be more of a film about love than parental drama. And that would have been fine if the characters would have been more interesting and fleshed out.
The only character with any depth is Michael Fassbender’s Tom. He is the one who really struggles between fighting for what’s right and keeping his wife happy.
With such unsympathetic characters and uninteresting story, “The Light Between Oceans” is quite a disappointment considering the talent involved.
Final Score: 5 / 10