THE LIGHT BETWEEN OCEANS is beautifully photographed and the acting is praise-worthy. Especially Fassbender's. Fassbender is one of the finest film actors we have right now. It will be hard not to be touched and moved by Michael Fassbender's graceful performance. However, I wouldn't suggest this as a weekend date movie. Unless you're both hardcore Michael Fassbender fans.
It's a quality film. It's a melodrama. It's good. But the darkness that sails into this marriage and the dilemmas of parenting are almost too relentless to totally absorb you as a moviegoer. Melodrama works best when there's more light.
To fully understand what I mean by that, go see THE LIGHT BETWEEN OCEANS in which a lovable girl is torn between two mothers, one being the actual birth mother. Then rent and watch STELLA DALLAS, a 1937 Hollywood classic starring Barbara Stanwyck giving one of the most memorable performances of her long, extraordinary career. If only all of THE LIGHT BETWEEN OCEANS could have been as absorbing as Stanwyck's final scene alone.