Set on a small isolated island off the coast of Western Australia in the 1920’s. The Light between two oceans is a romantic period drama taken from the pages of M. L. Stedman critically acclaimed debut novel of the same name. Seems there has been a lot of movies taken from books recently which have not crossed over onto the big screen as well as people expected. This movie I think was well portrayed in the 2 hours 12 minutes running time and from what I can tell, managed to cover most aspects contained in the book.

The Light between oceansCredit for this must go to Derek Cianfrance who Directed and adapted the story for the big screen. Helped by some excellent cinematography which helped to keep the mood of the movie throughout just right for the story he was attempting to portray to the movie going audience. At times the shooting locations looks more like it was shot on the Aran Islands then what someone might expect an Island off the coast of Australia to look like.

The Light between oceansThe story started out with Tom Sherbourne (Michael Fastbender) fresh back from World War 1 duty. He accepts a temporary position as a light housekeeper on a remote isolated island. Initially it was only supposed to be for 6 months but it soon turned into a permanent position. Tom met and fell in love with Isabel (Alicia Vikander) just before his position became permanent and the two decided to get married and live together on the island. After they had been living there a number of years during which time Isabel had two miscarriages, they started to believe that maybe they would never have children of their own. This is when a row boat flows up to the island with a dead man on board and a very scared and upset baby girl. After much debate Isabel managed to persuade Tom to keep the baby as their own. What unfolds is an emotion tale of happiness, sadness and whole lot of morality.

The Light between oceansI would not say this is a great movie but it’s definitely not a bad movie either. The running time maybe be a little long for some but the movie itself it an easy watch.


By Bill Tubbritt