- Michael Fassbender often chooses dark and disturbing projects, but in light between the oceansHe shows unexpected romanticism and sensitivity.
- The chemistry between Fassbender and Alicia Vikander is a highlight of the film, which gives a realistic portrayal of a couple traveling to post-war Australia.
- Fassbender’s emotionally sensitive performance as Tom, who faces the challenges of fatherhood, shows his versatility as an actor beyond his usual roles.
michael fassbender There’s no doubt that he’s one of the best actors working today, but that doesn’t mean that watching any of his films is a particularly invigorating experience. Fassbender seems to specifically choose projects with a premonition of doom and gloom. Since he started his career steve mcqueenmasterpiece of 2008 hungerFassbender has been drawn to dark, disturbing and tortured characters in a number of projects, including Have some Shame, 12 years a Slave, infamous bastards, macbethAnd david fincher‘S murderer, to name a few. While it’s great to see Fassbender flourishing in his field, it’s also interesting to see when an actor can challenge the preconceived expectations that audiences may have for him. Even though he’s often associated with eternal sadness, Fassbender got a chance to show his romantic side in 2016’s under-rated period piece. light between the oceans,
light between the oceans
- release date
- 2 September 2016
- derek cianfrance
- Michael Fassbender, Alicia Vikander, Rachel Weisz, Florence Cleary, Jack Thompson, Thomas Unger
- main style
- drama, documentary, romance
- dreamworks pictures
- Derek Cianfrance, ML Stedman
- love demands everything
What is ‘The Light Between the Oceans’ about?
light between the oceans comes from blue Valentine And the place Beyond the Pines director derek cianfranceAnd while it’s not as depressing and disturbing as those two films, light between the oceans Ethereal reflects a similar sense of beauty. The film is based on the acclaimed novel of the same name ML Stedman, and takes place shortly after World War I. Despite being accustomed to the rigors and trauma of war, war veterans are forced to make the uncomfortable transition back to reality. Fassbender’s character, Tom Sherbourne, finds this change in his priorities particularly challenging. He is used to fighting for his country, but now, He doesn’t know what his real purpose is,
Tom takes a lonely position as lighthouse keeper at Janus Rock off the coast of Australia. This is a different post which is not the same as the one he would have held during the war. Tom is content to remain within the confines of his position, but unexpected circumstances introduce him to local girl Isabel (alicia vikander, Surprisingly, Tom finds that warmth and compassion. Isabelle brings into her life exactly what she needed, He never gave himself a chance to be happy and during the war, he never fought for anything other than his survival. Thanks to Isabel, Tom realizes that he actually has something (and more importantly, someone) worth fighting for. Vikander is no stranger to period films and plays Isabelle very well.
The dynamic between Fassbender and Vikander in these early moments is fantastic. At first, Fassbender’s withdrawn seriousness doesn’t seem all that different from his performance as Magneto in the X-Men series. However, Isabelle is able to unlock a part of Tom that she has kept dormant for a long time. He realizes that more than anything, he is afraid. Tom is afraid of failing himself and the people he cares about, and he needs Isabel’s genuine warmth to convince him that the fleeting nature of a relationship is something he values. this moment Gave Fassbender a chance to show unexpected romanticism This was not present in any of the earlier performances of his career.
Michael Fassbender and Alicia Vikander’s chemistry is incredible
light between the oceans Different from all Depends on the chemistry between these two actors, While Cianfrance adorns the screen with beautiful images of post-war Australia, the film doesn’t really begin to introduce new characters until its third act. It simply depends on Fassbender and Vikander feeling like a real couple, and they do a good job of avoiding points where their relationship could feel like melodrama. Tom is not necessarily a talkative character, and despite Isabel’s charms, he is also relatively quiet. There are several long moments of the two characters staring into the distance, but it feels like a somewhat accurate depiction of what life would have looked like for the characters in this situation at the time.
Fassbender and Vikander effectively show how Tom and Isabel’s relationship matures over time, While at first their relationship was enough, Isabelle begins to want something more. Tom is so busy fulfilling his duties at the lighthouse that any additional responsibility can feel like a burden, but he is thrilled when Isabelle begins to discuss the notion of them becoming parents. This is another moment in which feelings of “normalcy” overwhelm Tom when he least expects it. He was once content living alone, and the thought of becoming a father had never crossed his mind. Although Tom’s parenting is never discussed, it is implied that familial compassion is not something he has much experience with. But it’s the implication of a backstory that’s never explicitly discussed that makes Fassbender’s best performance feel so personal.
Michael Fassbender at his most vulnerable in ‘The Light Between Oceans’
The sensitivity that Fassbender brings to Tom’s characterization makes the story that follows all the more devastating. Isabel loses some of her children due to limited medical resources and facilities on the coast, and each loss affects Tom profoundly. Although this is not enough to stop his desire to please Isabel, Tom had to back out because of Isabel’s miscarriage. He returns to the dormant emotional state he was in during the beginning of the story. His relationship with his future children is different from his relationship with Isabel. While Isabel came into his life unexpectedly, which took him by surprise, he allowed himself to have real hope of raising her child. Fassbender has shown incredible physical commitment to his roles, but with Tom he faces an emotional backlash. After all the bloodshed and violence Tom has seen, is he ready to accept the responsibilities of fatherhood?
Sadness and heartbreak have their place in Fassbender’s filmography, and they have their light between the oceans Too. What makes the role different for Fassbender is that he’s not an emotional brick wall, allowing no sense of heartbreak; Every dramatic turn in the story affects Tom, and Fassbender shows it His most sensitive performance yet, It’s an outlier in his filmography, but it’s the kind of outlier that shows how versatile Fassbender really is. Hopefully this won’t be the last time he works in the romantic genre. Who knew Magneto himself could be so charming?
light between the oceans Available to stream on Netflix in the US