Michael Fassbender and Alicia Vikander fall in love onscreen in the romantic drama ‘The Light Between Oceans,’ which hit theaters Sept. 2, just before Labor Day weekend. Is the movie as perfect Michael and Alicia are offscreen? Here’s what the critics are saying!
“Fassbender is an actor who does excellent repressed agony. Even when he’s just sitting still, steely and impassive, there’s a woundedness to his handsomeness; he communicates a sense of inner scars… The Light Between Oceans winds up taking one too many self-serious twists and turns. The film earns its darkness, but it might have been even more affecting if it didn’t shrink from the light.”
“[Alicia] Vikander especially is so luminous she might be the title’s actual source of light.) The whole thing is feverishly earnest and more than a little manipulative, but it’s also possibly the prettiest two hours of emotional masochism so far this year.”
“It builds a gripping morality play, with characters as fierce and hardened as the choppy waves that crash onto the shore from all directions… Any number of readings are possible in the performances of the red-hot, perfectly cast Fassbender and Vikander, who each depict their characters as withdrawn even when they’re being intimate, and who can open up deep rifts in their relationship without saying a word.”
New York Post
“Fassbender and Vikander make the film work, just. Each of the leads is hollowed and enervated by sorrow, with the unexpected baby providing them with renewed purpose, just as Tom’s lighthouse, perched between the Indian and Pacific oceans, steers sailors away from the rocks. Fassbender plays Tom as wracked and emptied by his four years on the Western front, while Vikander, one of the most captivating actresses on Earth, sensitively renders Isabel’s devastation.”
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