If you’re looking for a movie to watch over this holiday weekend, I recommend you take the time to see The Light Between Oceans. It hit theaters today, and I had the opportunity to see an advance screening earlier this week. It’s based off a 2012 novel by the same name, and is set in the years following World War I.
I’d seen previews of The Light Between Oceans on TV, and was curious to see it based on the character depth that was evident even in a 30 second commercial. That was certainly the selling point of this movie- the relationships that formed between every pair of characters, and how those relationships impacted later decisions by them. The plot itself is simple and overarching: when your entire identity is hinged on a past mistake, how do you move forward? Where this movie really shines is in the characters’ responses to this dilemma. I try extremely hard not to cry during movies, but the last scene of this drama hit me hard and I left the theater with puffy red eyes.
You can see one of the many poignant clips from this movie right here. I’m sure the infectious emotions in this one minute will make you want to see the entire film (even though it doesn’t stay happy for the entire two hours)!
I don’t see movies in theaters too often- they’re expensive!- but for those of you in Pittsburgh, I was happy to notice that The Manor Theater in Squirrel Hill is showing it. All of their ticket prices are under $10, and students will never pay more than $8! That’s a price I can look forward to.
If you see The Light Between Oceans this Labor Day weekend, let me know what you think of it in the comments!